Common Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality in a Home

In most homes across the country, there's usually an unknown, lingering house guest — who could that be? It turns out, it’s poor indoor air quality (I.A.Q), which is more common than most homeowners think. And while this is typically something that goes unnoticed for quite some time (since it’s invisible to the human eye), there are some signs that one can look for:

Signs Poor Indoor Air Quality is Present

Indoor Allergies

The first, and most common, sign of poor I.A.Q. is having indoor allergies — regardless of the season. If you feel as if you may be experiencing this, symptoms may include:

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Dry throat + eyes

Of course, if any of these symptoms are more prominent when you’re at home, and not when you’re at work or the store, then it’s clear that there’s a lingering issue with your air quality.

Frequent Headaches

Do you feel as if you have headaches on almost a daily basis? While everyday stressors could cause it, there’s a better chance that it could be the result of poor indoor air quality. Especially if you’re already dealing with indoor allergies, this could be the next step in the side effect equation.

Strange Smells

If mold were ever present in your home, at one point or another, you'd know that it has a very distinct smell. And if you haven’t had mold, then you might be perplexed at the fragrance it could bear. Typically, the scent will be musty and unpleasant.

Usually, mold is caused by excessive condensation inside of your home, thanks to:

  • Taking hot showers (and not having proper ventilation in your bathroom)

  • A window that needs to be resealed or is poorly sealed

  • A hidden plumbing leak

Are You Looking to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of replacing your filters, having your air ducts cleaned, and sealing any leaks in the ductwork that may be present. And with a team of highly-skilled professionals, that can all be done with the utmost of ease.

To see if your HVAC unit is bogging down your indoor air quality, give Proactive Comfort a call at (603) 239-2346 and schedule your appointment!