You might not think about the indoor air quality of your Idaho home very often, but it’s very possible that your indoor air quality could be worse than the air outside. This is especially true when the weather turns colder and we spend more time indoors.  When this happens, it can have a serious impact on the health of your family, because they’re breathing in that same poor-quality air for much of the day.

It will especially impact any members of your family who have respiratory issues such as asthma, or anyone who is suffering from allergies or colds. If you have any doubts about the quality of your indoor air, you should have it tested, but before you do that, you should observe some of these signs which are indicators that you may have poor indoor air quality.

Moisture indoors

One sign of poor air circulation and indoor air quality is that you have excessive condensation which accumulates on various surfaces throughout the home. This can be caused by excess humidity, especially during the warm season, and it’s something which should be corrected as soon as possible because it can lead to the formation of mold. There may also be leaks around your doors or windows, so these should be checked as sources for moisture.

Sneezing and coughing

Increased sneezing and coughing is common during the allergy season, but if family members experience these symptoms only when they’re in the house, that’s a sign you could have poor indoor air quality. Excessive sneezing and coughing is often an indicator that your heating and cooling systems are not filtering the air properly, and it’s even possible that mold has developed somewhere in the household.

Dirty HVAC system

If you make a habit of changing the filters on your heating and cooling system regularly, and you notice that they are always clogged with debris and dirt, that’s a pretty good indicator that you probably have poor indoor air quality. While your filter may be working very well, the fact that it’s trapping so many pollutants all the time probably means that you have poor indoor air quality. Some of this could be attributable to pets which are shedding or seasonal allergies, but when you notice that filters are constantly clogged with debris, there’s something more to it than pets and allergens.

It’s possible that the duct work in your home is loaded with pollutants which keep recirculating throughout the house, and you should have this checked out. You may also have “leaky” ductwork that is pulling dirty air from your attic and crawl space.  If you suspect this may be the case in your home, it is worthwhile to have your ductwork professionally inspected and repaired/replaced as necessary.  Also, investing in a quality air purification system such as a whole home air filter, which will scrub the air clean for you. Such systems are very effective, and can remove 99% or more of all harmful contaminants which may be present in your home.

Persistent smells or stuffiness

Generally the first indication you’ll have of mold growing in your home is a persistent smell. If you begin to notice a musty smell, or the air seems to be stuffy and stale, it’s very possible that you may have mold growing somewhere in the household. To check this out, you can test for airborne mold spores, and try to seek out the location of their origin. You’ll generally find that there is a plumbing leak causing the mold to develop, or possibly poor air circulation. Whatever the cause is, you can improve your home’s air quality by correcting the situation and keeping an eye out for re-occurrence.

Excessive headaches experienced in your home can be a very serious air quality matter

There are a number of triggers which could bring on headaches for occupants of your home, but when it seems that they occur only in the household, it could be that the culprit is poor/poisonious indoor air quality! When family members experience headaches primarily when at home, you should be on the lookout for possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning!    Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that is a by-product of fuels burning, such as fuels produced by your home heating source(s) like natural gas and propane.  You should know that Carbon Monoxide is poisonous to the point of even being fatal.  People suffering frequent headaches within your home on a chronic basis is a sign that you need to vacate your home and have your home tested for C02 poisoning immediately!

Need HVAC service in Boise, Idaho? 

If you need to have your heating or cooling system serviced or inspected, contact Right Now Heating and Air Conditioning today. You can count on fast, friendly service from technicians who are well-trained and thoroughly professional. When your family’s comfort is at stake, you’ll want the best HVAC service in the Boise region, so call (208) 939-4475 or visit our website at www.rightnowheatcool.com.

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