What’s your Indoor Air Quality IQ?
This late summer season is a great time for homeowners in El Dorado Hills, Citrus Heights, Folsom, and beyond to start thinking about ways to improve home efficiency (aka “home performance”) as we make the transition into a new season. There are a lot of different elements that need to be taken into consideration when striving to improve home efficiency, some of which can actually affect the health of you and your family. Indoor air quality (IAQ) ranks high on this list, being one of the most important things for today’s homeowners to focus on.
Feeling a bit less than confident on what your indoor air quality IQ is? Here are a few helpful points that you need to know:
Indoor Air Quality and Your Home
In attempting to understand indoor air quality, it helps to view your home as a living system that is composed of many different parts. This includes the home’s mechanicals, its occupants, appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, and even the climate outside of your home. Indoor air is affected when something within these systems goes wrong, and it poor indoor air quality can result from a number of different factors.
Sometimes, getting to the bottom of the issue can be easier said than done. However, our team at California Energy Services has noticed some common culprits throughout the years, including the following:
Unsealed or dirty air ducts
Old, dirty AC air filters
Old or dirty insulation
Mold or mildew
When one or more of these issues combine, indoor air quality can suffer to a dramatic extent, potentially even causing health symptoms in you and your family.
Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality
In many cases, poor indoor air quality goes completely undetected. Other times, occupants may begin to experience symptoms that can lead to even worse health problems—especially for those who suffer from asthma. Symptoms of poor indoor air quality include:
Dry or itchy eyes
While these symptoms often get tossed off as being due to seasonal allergies, they can easily arise from poor indoor air quality. The moment you discover that there might be a problem, it’s essential to take steps towards fixing it.
CES Can Help with Poor IAQ
At California Energy Services, we understand indoor air quality and its influencing factors. We’ll analyze your home to determine what may be the issue and then prescribe a plan for improving indoor air quality in your home.