Modern homes are well sealed to keep heating and cooling indoors. While this improves energy efficiency, inadequate fresh air, indoor contaminants and nonstop recirculation can lead to problems.

Don’t worry, though, because Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can help you have an energy-efficient home that’s also comfortable. Our services include an air quality audit, air duct cleaning and products to help improve indoor air quality in Kankakee, Illinois.

Call us at 815-933-8213 today to start refreshing your home’s indoor air quality.

Signs Your Home Has Poor Indoor Air Quality

Is your indoor air healthy? It may not be as fresh as you think. Pollution can be two to five times higher indoors versus outdoors, as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Indoor air pollution drifting with your home’s air will sometimes induce headaches and allergy symptoms. And mold and mildew can cause a number of health problems.

Health Problems

While many of these symptoms can be a result of other issues, they can also be indicative your home is dealing with indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. This is particularly true if you feel better while you’re away from home.

  • Dry eyes, nose, throat or skin
  • Headaches and sinus issues
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies or asthma symptoms that are worse than average
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dizziness or nausea

Environmental Problems

An old heating and cooling system may be worsening indoor air quality problems, especially if it’s unable to filter air, regulate humidity or keep temperatures consistent.

Here are some other signs you may need to refresh your indoor air:

  • Excessive static or mold growth
  • Excessive dust
  • Stuffy or musty odors

How Can I Avoid Indoor Air Quality Problems?

Combating indoor air quality problems should be fairly simple with these 10 simple tips:

  1. Request an indoor air quality audit with Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating. We’ll examine areas that impact air quality, including humidity, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Then we’ll walk you through concerns we come across and how you can fix them.
  2. Clean consistently to clear away dust mites, which can worsen allergies and asthma.
  3. Keep your home free of secondhand smoke.
  4. Install a whole-home filtration system to remove odors, as opposed to hiding them with air fresheners or fragrant candles. The contaminants include chemicals that can cause headaches or aggravate respiratory illness.
  5. Ventilate gas-burning appliances, like stoves and water heaters, to the outdoors.
  6. Keep your home’s humidity levels balanced with a humidifier or dehumidifier, according to your needs. Set humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew growth.
  7. Assess your home for radon. Long-term exposure to this invisible radioactive gas is the main cause of lung cancer amongst nonsmokers, as reported by the EPA. You can purchase a radon test kit online or contact your state radon program for information on discounted or free kits.
  8. Implement a ventilation system to replenish contaminated indoor air with fresh air from outside.
  9. Find natural cleaning and painting substances that are low in or free of VOCs. Elevated levels of VOCs can worsen symptoms for family members with respiratory conditions.
  10. Mount carbon monoxide detectors right outside bedrooms.

Start Cleaning Your Air Today with Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating

With a full roster of NATE-certified Pros and indoor air quality solutions, Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can help your family breathe much easier. Call us at 815-933-8213 or contact us online today to begin.

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