How to Know If Your Home's Air Quality Is Good or Bad

After diet and exercise, air quality is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Poor air quality at home or the office can affect your concentration, cause headaches, and even make you sick. How do you determine the quality of your air? Your body will manifest several physical symptoms if your air is bad, but ultimately, a test is needed to assess the quality of your air and whether it’s the culprit. If left untreated, your AC system will continue to spread any airborne contaminants. Keep reading to learn about the signs of poor air quality from the experts at Shriver Mechanical.

One of the first signs that your home’s air quality is compromised is a decline in your health. Have you been suffering from a persistent head cold or sinus problems? If medication and doctor’s visit don’t help, it could be a problem with your home’s air quality. When the air in your home has been compromised, you can experience symptoms similar to an allergy attack. Nasal congestion, itchy eyes, sore throat, coughing--these are all signs of poor air quality. Airborne allergens like mold and dust are usually the culprits to blame for bad air quality. Prolonged exposure to these allergens can do serious damage to your lungs, throat, and sinus. If left untreated, exposure can lead to chronic asthma and COPD.

Another way you can tell if your air quality is bad is to check your air filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your filters, take the time now to open your return vent. If your filter is choked with dust, chances are it’s time for a new filter. Consider replacing it with a HEPA or heavy-duty allergen filter designed to trap mold and dust. Replace your filter every 90 days or at the start of each season. If you have pets, dander and hair will cause the filter to clog up faster. If it helps, use a marker or pen to write the day of installation on your filter, so you’ll know how long it’s been since you’ve changed them.

If you suspect that your air quality has been compromised, the only way to know for sure is to have your air tested. You can find DIY testing kits online, but they’re usually expensive and unreliable. A professional HVAC company can determine the quality of your air and pinpoint the type of allergen that’s infecting your air. Some homeowner’s insurance policies cover the cost of air quality testing as well as mold and asbestos treatment. Check your policy to verify coverage and make an appointment with your local HVAC company today.