What’s In Your Home’s Air?
As you might expect, your home’s air pulls stuff from both inside and out. This means that air containing pollen, dust mites, smoke, mold, and viruses is coming in from the outside, while air with chemical particles, pet dander, and dust is trapped inside. Even something mundane as hair spray can linger in your home’s air for quite a while.
The first sign that you might have poor indoor air quality is if a family member with sensitivity to allergens begins having trouble breathing, or experiences allergy symptoms while inside with no windows open. While someone suffering from allergies can be a signal that you need testing, it’s a good idea either way. Poor indoor air quality can have prolonged health effects, but often remains invisible to the naked eye, and therefore out-of-sight and out-of-mind.
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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
What are some other signs of poor indoor air quality?
If your home has damage from mildew or mold spores, that might be a sign that your home is too humid or that poor quality air is getting in from the outside. If your home smells like cigarette smoke or car exhaust, that may signal that air from outside is pouring into your home.
Is humidity important to indoor air quality?
Yes! Here in Louisiana, we don’t lack in that department, so Ace is most often installing dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and dry things out, so that mold and mildew doesn’t have a comfortable environment. Too dry of a home, however, and your wallpaper will begin to crack.
But, I thought my home was sealed?
That’s possible, but that can actually backfire when it comes to indoor air quality, as more things become trapped in your home’s air, constantly recirculating with no way to vent out or escape. At Ace, we find that well-sealed homes have worse indoor air quality issues than drafty ones.
Is poor indoor air quality dangerous?
In a vast majority of cases, poor indoor air quality is more of a nuisance, whether it’s allergens aggravating you or pet dander making you sneeze. However, those with asthma can be negatively impacted by poor indoor air quality, and diseases can more readily spread. In a worse case scenario, carbon monoxide leaks can be deadly.