With the weather cooling off, people across the country will begin spending more time indoors, with the Canadian Lung Association stating Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors. With our extreme winters, this comes as no surprise.
If your air is filled with contaminants or allergens, your HVAC system will constantly be circulating through your home, causing unpleasant experiences for you and your family and can lead to a number of health issues over time.
Being aware of the air in your home and what affects it can help ensure you are able to maintain its quality with ease, and a big part of that awareness is knowing the signs of poor air quality.
We’ve been in the business for over 14 years, and we want to help you keep your home as comfortable as possible.
To discover some common signs of poor air quality in your home, keep reading!
10 Signs of Poor Air Quality in Your House
The air quality of your home is important to be aware of.
The air you breathe can have major effects on your health, with poor air quality leading to heightened asthma symptoms, allergies, and even constant sinus issues!
Here are some of the most common signs of poor air quality to watch for.
1. Bad Odours
If you’ve noticed your house is beginning to smell funny, but you’re struggling to find the cause, it could be coming from your air!
When the air in your home is filled with dust and contaminants, it easily holds onto smells and can begin feeling thick as you breathe it in.
This can also happen if your filters are clogged, leading to the grime they’ve collected over time being pushed back into the air, leaving a musty smell in your home.
A lingering, unpleasant odour is a surefire sign you have low-quality air.
2. Excessive Dust
If your home has poor air quality, it’s common for it to be laced with excessive dust.
If you’ve noticed the surfaces of your home have been quickly gathering dust, or you can see dust in the air as the sun shines through a window, you likely have poor air quality.
3. Allergy Symptoms
Allergies are typically caused by things your body is sensitive to. However, you can experience allergy symptoms like congestion, sneezing, headaches, and eye irritation if the air in your home isn’t clean.
If you’ve recently developed new allergy symptoms, having the air quality in your home tested would be a good idea.
4. Increased Coughing
If you’ve been experiencing common cold symptoms that don’t seem to be subsiding, the air of your home may be the culprit.
Low-quality air is filled with small particles that can irritate your throat, leading to prolonged coughing that you can’t seem to shake.
Poor air quality can result in reduced moisture in your home, leaving you with dry, irritating air. When inhaled, this air can bother your sinuses, causing you to feel congested when they produce mucus to combat the lack of moisture.
This can even result in nose bleeds!
If you’ve been experiencing consistent sinus congestion and frequent nosebleeds, you should call your local HVAC company to inspect your system and perform an air quality test.
6. Lingering Headaches
Have you noticed you’re getting headaches more frequently or have a headache that seems to linger and never fully dissipates?
You might be breathing in bad air.
If you’ve been cleaning your house but the chemical odour seems to linger, or your air is dense with contaminants and dust, it can cause chronic headaches.
As you clean your house, your ventilation and HVAC system should be circulating the air and filtering it, easily removing any scents from the cleaning products or contaminants in the air.
If your system is unable to properly move the air through your home, it struggles to filter it out. This stagnant air can leave you with a headache that won’t seem to leave.
7. Skin Irritation
While it’s not uncommon for people to suffer from dry, flaking skin throughout the winter months, if you’re unable to manage it with creams or it lasts longer than normal, your air might be the cause.
Low air quality can lead to dry, itchy skin due to the lack of moisture and an increase in pollutants that irritate your skin.
8. Changes in Your Breathing
Air that’s heavy with pollutants can become thick, making it more difficult to inhale.
If you’ve recently noticed you’re out of breath more frequently after climbing the stairs, or regular activities in your home leave you struggling to breathe, you’re likely breathing low-quality air.
9. Sudden Fatigue
If you experience an intense bout of fatigue seemingly out of nowhere, you should exit your house immediately and have a professional come to check your home.
This is a common sign of carbon monoxide poisoning and can leave you feeling confused, tired and groggy. Having an HVAC technician come inspect your home can help determine the culprit and ensure your carbon monoxide detectors are working.
10. Varying Temperature Around Your Home
If you’ve noticed cold spots throughout your home, it can be a sign that air is not properly flowing through your house.
If your ventilation is compromised by faulty parts or clogged filters, the air in your home isn’t able to circulate properly and may only reach certain areas of your home. This can leave you with certain rooms or areas where the temperature seems to drop suddenly.
How To Fix Poor Air Quality in Your Home
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your home, there are a few things you can do.
- Include routine HVAC maintenance in your home care, ideally in the fall and spring, to coincide with when you turn on your heat or air conditioning
- Invest in air purifiers
- Inspect and change your filters
- Update your HVAC systems to improve the ventilation in your home
- Have your ducts and vents cleaned
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If you’ve been experiencing any of these signs, scheduling a service appointment with our professional HVAC service technicians can help reintroduce healthy air into your home and reduce these symptoms of low air quality.