How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects You and Your Home

How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects You and Your Home

These days, homeowners often seal up every possible crack and opening in their homes during the colder months to save money on their energy bills. While this can seem good for their wallets, it’s not so great for their air quality, since poor indoor air quality affects you and your home in negative ways.

What causes poor indoor air quality?

When you seal up your house for winter, you’re preventing fresh air from entering your home. While you definitely don’t want cold air entering your home during winter, an airtight home allows pollutants and allergens, such as household cleaners, pet hair, and dust, to remain in your home and pose a threat to your health. If the air in your home has no way of naturally removing these things, you end up breathing them in.

What are the effects of poor air quality?

The more immediate effects of poor air quality include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sinus congestion

However, if you continue to be exposed to poor indoor air, you can experience:

  • Fatigue
  • An increase in asthma symptoms
  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart problems

Amongst other things, your home also could suffer from:

  • Mold
  • Moisture problems
  • Wood Rot

How can I improve the air quality in my home?

The three main methods to improving your air quality are source control, proper ventilation, and the use air purifiers. Lower the gas emissions on common household appliances, such as your stove. Increase the ventilation in your home to allow fresh air to replace stale, dry air, and install air purifiers to continuously clean the air you and your family breathe.

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is committed to providing solutions to dramatically improve the quality of air that you and your family have in your home. We offer whole-home humidifiers and air purifiers, combined furnace and A/C maintenance, and more. Wahl has been serving the Pittsburgh area since 1980. For more information on how to improve the indoor air quality in your home, call us today at(412) 265-2662.