Indications of IAQ Problems in a Home*
1). Excessive dust
2). “Stuffy” rooms
3). Some rooms feel hot or cold when the rest of the house feels comfortable
4). Moisture on window panes
5). A mildew (musty) smell in your home
6). Family members often sneeze, feel lethargic, or have dry skin
7). In-room air cleaners are in use in the home
8). Air fresheners or scented candles are used to improve the smell in the home
Recommendations for Improving IAQ*
1). Inspect, clean and repair dirty and/or compromised duct work.
2). Homeowners can install mechanical ventilation, which dilutes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by introducing fresh outdoor air. Mechanical ventilation is like opening window, but doing so in a more energy efficient manner.
3). Use a doormat—a wipe-off mat will cut down on one of the biggest carriers of particulates in home: the bottoms of shoes.
4). Use high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) or central vacuum system.
5). Limit smoking indoors.
6). Use exhaust fan while cooking.
7). Use bathroom exhaust fan.
8). Wash bedding frequently in hot water of at least 140°F.
9). Limit indoor flame sources.
10). Limit the use of scented candles and/or room fresheners.
11). Seal door between house and garage.
*Source: AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air Report