Air quality is one of those things that no one notices until it’s either really good or really bad. Of course, if you’ve gone outside, you know what fresh, clean air is. However, poor air quality – which is usually found indoors – can be more difficult to detect, since our bodies are made to adapt. If the air inside your home feels stale, static, stuffy, or smelly, chances are good that you have poor indoor air quality. This is bad news, since poor indoor air quality can cause a lot of different health issues. So what can you do about it?
Well, opening windows and doors to get fresh air from outside can certainly be helpful, but it isn’t a permanent solution. To properly address poor air quality, it’s important to identify what’s causing the problem. Do you have pets in the house? Heavy smokers? Significant use of strong chemicals? Is mold growing somewhere, like in a dirty air conditioner? A professional home inspector can help you to identify causes of poor indoor air.