Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Reading the paper lately, I noticed that recent studies claim that the indoor air quality in many homes is worse than the outdoor air quality. How can you tell when the indoor air quality of your home is a problem?

One of the first clues is sudden sickness that appears after moving into a new home or remodeling your current one. Your doctor or allergist can help you identify whether your health issues are related to the quality of your indoor air or not.

If you find out that you do have an indoor air quality issue, the first thing you’ll need to do is find the source. Look for areas of your home with excess or trapped moisture that can contribute to mold growth. Also, try to notice any musty smells or staleness. Check the filters in your HVAC equipment. An HVAC technician can also test your house for asbestos, radon, and excess emissions from natural gas- or propane-fueled appliances than can contribute to poor indoor air.

Once you’ve identified the source of problem, fix it. In addition, have your technician make sure your home is properly ventilated, especially if you often perform high-pollution activities like painting, soldering, sanding, welding, or cooking.