The quality of the air inside your home can affect the quality of life for all members of your household. Determining whether your home’s air quality is sub-par isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Read on for some surefire signs that your home’s air quality could use some improvement, as well as how A/C Designs can help.
Frequent Respiratory Ailments
It’s certainly not uncommon for members of a household to pass respiratory ailments, like colds, back and forth, especially during the winter months. But if you notice that you or other members of your family tend to wake up sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose—with these symptoms tending to subside once you’ve left the house—poor air quality may be to blame.
When your home’s air isn’t being properly filtered, small dust and pollen particles can be circulated and recirculated through your air vents. As these particles travel through the air, cold viruses and other pathogens can “grab” onto them, giving them the ability to travel a much farther distance than they’d be able to go on their own. And even when these dust and dirt particles aren’t carrying anything that’s inherently harmful, they can irritate the sinus passages and cause swelling, sneezing, and stuffy noses.
Dusty Vents and Baseboards
If you’ve noticed you have to dust furniture or sweep floors more often recently, or if dust tends to collect on your HVAC vents and baseboards quickly, this may be a sign of the need to improve your air quality. Cleaning or changing your HVAC’s air filter can go a long way toward reducing airborne dust and pollen, but in some cases, more extensive repairs or maintenance may be necessary.
When your air conditioner isn’t cycling air efficiently, it can alter the humidity levels in your home. For most Florida residents, this means an increase in indoor humidity, which can accelerate the growth of mold, mildew, and other unpleasant water-loving substances. Maintaining an appropriate (and steady) humidity level in your home can be the key to not only preventing the spread of respiratory ailments, but preserving the structural integrity of your home.
Don’t settle for poor air quality anymore. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians knows what it takes to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Contact A/C Designs today for a free, no-obligation quote or to learn more about how our services can help you and your family breathe easier.