If you or one of your family members always seem to have allergy issues no matter the season, then poor air quality in your home is probably to blame. Health issues such as nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and even headaches can often be attributed to poor indoor air quality. But how do you tell if it’s really the air in your home making you sick and not some other factor? Here trusted HVAC installation company Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating shares three key signs to watch out for to ensure that the air you and your family are breathing is safe.
Severe dust buildup around vents. If you notice that the vents in your home are unusually dusty despite cleaning them regularly, then you likely have a problem. Dust in your vents contains pollen, dust mites, pet hair and dead skin cells – all of which can cause allergies. If you have a family member who has asthma or some other respiratory issue, these allergens can trigger an attack.
Mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew growth is a sure sign of high humidity levels and poor air circulation in your home. As a general rule, air conditioning repair experts recommend keeping humidity levels in your home between 35% and 50%. Too much humidity and your home becomes a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other harmful microbes; too little and the air becomes too dry, which can lead to sore eyes, dry skin and upper respiratory illnesses.
Unpleasant odors. One of the best ways to tell if your home is suffering from poor air quality is to use your nose. If your home has a musty smell, then chances are you have a mold and mildew problem. Be on the lookout for black or green mold spots, especially around sinks, tubs or other areas in your home where humidity is high, such as the laundry area. If you notice an unpleasant smell or detect mold growth, call in your HVAC contractor right away to have a look at your air conditioning system.
For all your AC and heating service needs, be sure to give Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating a call at (972) 216-1961 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our skilled technicians.