Indoor air quality (IAQ) is something everyone is exposed to, yet you’re not always aware of the impact it has on your health. Watch for these symptoms of poor IAQ in your Severna Park, Maryland, home so you can take quick action if your air is making you sick.
Eye, Nose, Throat, and Skin Irritation
Many airborne chemicals irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, causing an uncomfortable itchy or tingling feeling. These same chemicals can cause your skin to feel hot, itchy, and uncomfortable as well. They often come from sources you expect to keep you comfortable, such as air fresheners and candles.
Eliminating the source of the irritation is your first line of defense. If you notice your symptoms only pop up when you’re burning a candle or using a cleaning product, this is a prime indicator. Keeping a clean air filter in your HVAC system helps remove some of the irritants as well.
Headache and Fatigue
If you’re suffering from a persistent headache and ongoing fatigue, the cause is probably something more than a flu bug. The culprit may very well lurk in your air. Contaminants like mold cause these symptoms. Mold thrives in warm, moist environments.
Keep it from taking up residence in your home by regularly disinfecting humidifiers, changing filters, and having your HVAC system inspected to make sure the condensate pan is clean and dry. Running your air conditioning also helps keep humidity under control.
Dizziness or Nausea
Ongoing nausea and dizziness are often caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) polluting your indoor air. These can come from paint, new carpeting, particleboard furniture, cleaning products, and more. Be mindful about what you’re bringing into your house so you can reduce the VOCs in your home. Switching to natural products helps reduce the harmful compounds in your air.
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