Have you ever noticed that the air smells different when you enter your home? Sometimes the air may smell or feel stuffy when you are indoors, or you may notice a significant difference when you step outdoors and get into the fresh air. Everyday human activities can generate many sources of indoor air pollution and affect your indoor air quality. Getting an Indoor Air Quality Test is a good start to determine what indoor air contaminants are circulating in your home, and therefore can help homeowners make the necessary changes to eliminate any issues.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Indoor Air Quality refers to the air quality within and around buildings as it relates to the health and comfort of the occupants. Having and Indoor Air Quality test can help homeowners identify indoor air pollutants so that active steps can be taken to help reduce the risk of health concerns.
Some health effects of indoor air pollutants can be immediate while others may show up years after repeated periods of exposure. Each individual reacts to irritants differently, and some symptoms may include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. According to the EPA, other long-term symptoms can include asthma, respiratory diseases, and cancer after repeated years of exposure or years after exposure has occurred.
Dirty central heating and air cooling equipment, and air ducts can be a source for indoor air quality problems. If your home does not have enough ventilation and there is moisture condensation on windows or walls that could also lead a significant source of indoor air pollution. If you notice mold, smelly or stuffy air, and you have not had your HVAC System cleaned and inspected for some time, homeowners should definitely consider getting an Indoor Air Quality Test.
To schedule one of our HVAC specialists for an Indoor Air Quality Test, please give us a call at 678-534-7980.