What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

February 10, 2020

Poor indoor air quality can make it difficult to enjoy spending time at home. It may also make it harder for guests to make it through a holiday meal or an overnight visit. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons why it can be hard to breathe easily while in your house.

People are Smoking Indoors

Smoke particles can linger in the air for hours or days after a person smokes a cigar or cigarette. These particles can also land on furniture, walls and other surfaces in the home, and it may be possible to kick them back into the air after sitting on the couch or walking on a carpet. Ideally, those who feel the need to smoke will do so on the patio or porch instead of in the living room.

Excess Humidity Can Lead to Mold Growth

Broken pipes, loose ducts or holes in a roof can allow for moist air or water to get into your home. When moisture is allowed to linger in your home, it could then allow for mold to grow and spread throughout the house. If you notice a musty smell coming from the basement, garage or attic, it may mean that mold is present. The folks at Nacogdoches Sheet Metal, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, LTD. in Nacogdoches can come to your home and perform an indoor air quality assessment. This may help you determine where the mold is coming from or lead you to take other steps to avoid poor air quality in your house.

Particles Can Be Held in Long Carpet Fibers

Pollen, dust and pet dander can all remain locked in long carpet fibers for weeks or months at a time. This may be true even if you vacuum or take steps otherwise to clean them regularly. If liquid gets into the carpet padding, it can damage the carpet in addition to causing foul odors in a given room.

If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, call Nacogdoches Sheet Metal, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, LTD. today. We can also inspect your furnace or repair an air conditioner condenser unit in an effort to keep your home comfortable throughout the year.