Indoor air quality refers to the quality of air as it pertains to the health and comfort of individuals within homes, offices and other structures. Controlling indoor pollutants can reduce detrimental health effects. There are a variety of factors that dictate the type and likelihood of a reaction to the contaminants, such as pre-existing medical conditions, individual sensitivity, age and length or amount of exposure.
Is It a Cold or the Flu?
Depending on the person, effects can come on suddenly, or appear long after exposure to poor air. It is critical that the symptoms are recognized and noted when they occur to help identify the cause. In some cases, the symptoms may be mild, such as sneezing and congestion. However, toxic mold spores, asbestos and caustic chemicals can result in vomiting, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain and more. Seek treatment from a doctor immediately and consult with a professional air quality testing company to find and remove the source.
Are There Renovations Nearby?
If you or your neighbors are renovating or making substantial repairs to your homes, from new construction to painting and changing the flooring, indoor air quality may be suffering. Chemicals and particulates float through the air and can collect in your HVAC system, then circulate throughout your home. Irritated eyes, nose and throat, fatigue and dizziness are common symptoms of air quality issues.
Do You Have Asthma?
When the season changes and your sinuses become inflamed or asthma kicks in, it may be tempting to assume that it’s the result of your usual allergies. However, it could be a reaction to the air contaminants in your home. If you have recently turned on the heat or air conditioning, concentrations of dust, mold spores or pollen may have collected in the ducts. Now they are being disbursed throughout the area. If symptoms subside when you leave your home, they may be due to poor air quality.
Contact Mold Masters or call (800) 371-4199 to schedule an evaluation and testing for air quality in your home. We can help you breathe easier.