Do you arrive at home, or at your workplace, to headaches and fatigue, but don’t know why? Are family or employees complaining about poor air quality? Discovering poor indoor air quality can be a little tricky, and requires diligence and determination to root out the problem and resolve it.
The first step to determining poor air quality is to evaluate the symptoms. More specifically, to evaluate other’s or your symptoms. Air quality affects everyone, and poor air quality can lead to a multitude of nasty health issues long term. The first thing to do is to determine if you have any symptoms inside. If you go outside, do your symptoms improve? Do they get worse again when you go back inside? This is a fairly easy and simple assessment to make, but it’s the first and most important sign of poor air quality. Actual symptoms can include the following:
It’s important to assess these symptoms with careful observation and objectiveness. They don’t often appear immediately, and could also be caused by other things. Other things may also reveal poor air quality, like the rusting of metals while indoors, or mold and water damage despite good protection from the outside. These are only a few possibilities, so evaluating possible symptoms in yourself and your environment occasionally can help determine if your building or facilities have poor air quality.
So what causes poor indoor air quality? A number of things, actually. Several may be more temporary or conditional while others may be harder to deal with:
Finding these causes requires a bit of investigation on your part. A simple look around can give you all the answers you need, or an air analysis of the ventilation and rooms may be more necessary. It may even be necessary to hire experts to evaluate the location, and give you a better analysis of the issue at hand. AC repair contractors and companies like Bob Heinmiller Air Conditioning can help test your air quality and offer recommendations for how to improve it.
If you find that the issue is the ventilation system, then renovations should be made to increase the supply of fresh air, and/or to improve filtration of contaminants and pollutants. This can be done through a contractor, or by yourself if you have the resources and patience. If outside pollutants are the cause of your issues, then moving or requesting that machinery or other items be relocated may need to be part of your solution. If the root problem is much harder to deal with, like city pollution or careless neighbours, improvements to your air handler and filtration systems may be needed.
Water, mold, mildew, and rot are much harder to deal with, and the first step is find the source. If it’s water, then you will want to fix all water fixtures, and check all sources of water for signs of leaks, sweating, or condensation. Special attention should be paid to appliances that use water, as well as the building’s air handler, for signs of leaks or drainage issues. Mold, mildew, and rot will require more solutions, such as chemical cleaners. After that’s dealt with, damaged areas will need to be removed and renovated, and additional or better protections will need to be installed to safeguard against repeating the problem.