Air Quality in the Home: What You Need to Know

The quality of the air in your home is very important. Unfortunately, because air is invisible, it is easy to overlook its impact on you and your families health. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about how low air quality can impact your health and wellbeing, the causes of low air quality and the steps you can take to improve it.

The impact of low air quality in the home

Low air quality can result in a number of irritating and painful conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Dry skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

The causes of low air quality

The primary causes of low air quality in the home can be found in the home itself. If you use a wood burning stove, any type of aerosol spray, candles or strong chemicals and solvents in the home, you will be releasing large qualities of particles into the air. These particles can irritate the throat, eyes, lungs and skin. If your home is damp, the growth of mould or mildew may also result in spores being released into the air which can trigger allergic reactions.

Pollution can also enter your home through open windows, vents and doors. Pollution is a particular problem in homes which are located close to industrial facilities, major roads and airports. During the spring and summer months, pollen which is released by plants can be carried into your home, resulting in hay fever.

The solution to low air quality

Your first step should be to contact a professional air quality service. The service will dispatch a contractor to your home. The contractor will use specialist equipment to measure the air quality levels in your home. They will also carry out a visual inspection for any signs of mould, open fireplaces, solvents which are incorrectly stored and other environmental factors. Once this assessment is complete, the contractor will present you with a report which details the various contaminants which are present in the air in your home, their likely source and the steps you can take to remedy the problem. For example, the contractor may find that a lot of pollen is entering into your home via the air conditioning system. If this is the case, they may recommend that you have a filter installed on the air conditioning ducts to prevent the pollen from entering the property.

If you would like to find out more, you should contact an air quality service today.