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3 Signs of Poor Air Quality Indoors and What to Do About Them

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Do you notice that employees in your commercial building are suffering from coughs and congestion? Do you find yourself often combatting odours that you can't explain or humidity issues? These are all signs that you're experiencing poor air quality. 

Ignoring these signs of poor air quality can lead to long-term health issues, especially for people who are already suffering from asthma or allergies. Read on to learn more signs of air quality issues and our recommendations for how to handle them.

What Are Common Signs of Poor Air Quality?

Air quality issues over a prolonged amount of time can exacerbate asthma symptoms or other chronic sicknesses. If air quality problems aren't addressed, people can also experience headaches, nausea, rashes, fatigue, and more. Here are a few more signs that your air quality needs to be improved:

1. Humidity

The ideal humidity for indoors is 30 to 50 percent. If the humidity is higher than 50 percent over prolonged periods of time, there's more chance that mould or mildew will grow. However, if you don't have enough humidity in your building, you may start experiencing dry, itchy skin and an increase in upper respiratory infections.

2. Unpleasant Odours

If your humidity is high, unpleasant odours can be the first sign that mould or mildew has started to grow. They may also be a sign of pest infestations that may be hidden behind walls. If you notice any musty odours, air purifiers can be used in order to neutralize the odours.

They also work to kill pathogens and reduce particles so that everyone within the building experiences fewer symptoms.

3. Cough and Congestion

One of the largest warning signs of poor air quality is if you notice numerous people in your building coughing or experiencing prolonged congestion. As people breathe in these air particles, their body tries to fight and expel them by coughing and congestion.

Fatigue and dizziness, on the other hand, could be a strong indication that there are chemicals or fumes in the air. If people continue to breathe in these fumes, it can impair their cognitive functions.

What to Do About Poor Air Quality

If you suspect that your commercial building’s air quality is poor, your first step should be hiring a reputable professional to test the quality of your air. At Chill-Air we offer commercial air purification equipment that can neutralize odours and reduce particles. You may also want to consider repair and maintenance programs to keep your HVAC system in top shape. A well-running HVAC system can help reduce the air quality issues you’re encountering.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality Today

Noticing odours in your building, frequent coughing and nausea, or high humidity are all signs that you're experiencing poor indoor air quality. It's important that you improve the air quality sooner rather than later, as this can result in long-term health consequences.

It all starts with having your HVAC systems maintained by a professional and investing in commercial air purifying equipment. Contact Chill-Air today to request a service or quote in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, or Vancouver.



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