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I Can Feel It In the Air: The Top Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Posted in Blog | Environmental Testing | Indoor Air Quality | Indoor Air Quality Inspection | Mold Inspection on March 16th, 2019 by Ian Stevens

Always feel like you need some fresh air?

Your indoor air quality may be to blame. Indoor air pollutants can be harmful to our health. Substances like asbestos, mold, and lead can all wreak havoc on our bodies causing a variety of symptoms and illnesses.

It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the source of your health concerns because indoor air contaminants produce symptoms similar to a cold or the flu.

So, how can you tell the difference?

Read on to discover how to tell if your indoor air quality is poor and potentially causing harm to your body.

Know the Symptoms

The effects of contaminants in your indoor environment can result in health-related symptoms. The symptoms usually manifest in the lungs, nose, eyes, or stomach. But they can also cause a general sense of lethargy and fatigue.

Symptoms related to the lungs to look out for are coughing and shortness of breath. Other symptoms to make note of are headaches, nausea, sneezing, dizziness, and sinus infections.

Air contaminants may also cause dry eyes, nose, throat, and/or skin irritation. Air pollutants may also trigger or worsen allergy and asthma symptoms.

Pay special attention as well to the time, place, and location where the symptoms occur or worsen. If symptoms go away or are reduced after leaving a certain environment, then further effort should be made to identify possible causes.

Rule Out Other Illnesses

Air contaminants produce symptoms similar to the cold and flu. So, before you conclude that air contaminants are to blame, visit your doctor.

At your visit, feel free to inform your doctor about your air quality concerns. If the symptoms continue or are reoccurring, then you and your doctor can discover if air contaminants could be the cause. You should also inform your doctor if your symptoms change or you still feel ill.

Check Your Surroundings

Visually inspect your surroundings thoroughly for signs of mold and chemicals such as cleaning supplies and disinfectants. If you believe cleaning supplies may be causing your symptoms, then you may want to switch to natural cleaning products.

To inspect for mold, start looking in areas of your home associated with moisture such as your bathroom, attic, and basement. Check your ceilings as well for signs of water leaks and damage.

Mold typically grows in wet, dark and poorly circulated environments. It can appear in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Mold can also produce a musty odor that can linger strongly in some parts of your home and not in others.

If you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home’s carpets, sheets, and furniture and the smell still lingers, then it could be mold causing the odor. If you suspect mold is in your home, then contact a mold removal specialist who can also conduct environmental testing.

Other environmental factors to make note of are ongoing home repairs, outdoor pesticide use, and hobby supplies. You should also take into account the symptoms of the people around you. If multiple people are experiencing symptoms which worsen in the same location, then the air quality may need improvements.

Improving Air Quality

Improve your indoor air quality by cleaning regularly, letting in fresh air, and investing in air purifiers. You should also change your HVAC system’s filters on a regular maintenance schedule. If mold is detected, then it should also be immediately removed to improve air quality.

Suspect you have mold in your home? Do you live in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, or Delaware?  Contact us today for a mold inspection.