People spend about 90% of their time indoors.
The EPA ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers to the public. Why? Our homes are sealed, insulated and efficient. While this is a very good thing and the goal of every homeowner, it locks in allergenic particles, infectious agents and other toxic agents. Keep in mind the house is an integrated system where one improvement can affect the other. At H&H Plumbing & Heating, our experience has helped solve many of these problems our customers have experienced. It always starts with identifying the problems.
Our Comfort and Quality of Life
In addition to discomfort associated with temperature, humidity, and “stuffy air” problems, surveys show that consumers link poor indoor air quality with quality of life in general. For example, 48% of asthma sufferers feel that the disease limits their ability to take part in sports and recreation; 25% say it interferes with their social activities. Consumer surveys have revealed that health related IAQ complaints—such as coughing, sneezing, burning eyes, increased asthma symptoms, etc.—often coincide with complaints about smells, dust build-up, and heating or cooling system.
The following are possible common indications of an indoor air quality problem in a home:
- Excessive dust
- “Stuffy” rooms
- Some rooms feel hot or cold when the rest of the house feels comfortable
- Moisture on window panes
- A mildew (musty) smell in your home
- Family members often sneeze, feel lethargic, or have dry skin
- Home is located in a high-risk radon area
- In-room air cleaners are in use in the home
- Air fresheners or scented candles are used to improve the smell in the home
See any that describe your home? If you not sure, but your suspect you might, contact us.
If you experience any of these problems in your home, you may have an indoor air quality problem. The next step is of course, understanding the causes. It not be what you think. Hopefully, these articles will help you be aware of situations or issues you may needlessly be suffering.