COVID-19 has kept most of us cooped up inside our homes for the better part of the past two months. Spending more time at home means there are more opportunities to have it in a messy state. There’s no reason, of course, to not keep up with our tidiness routines. In fact, the more time we spend at home, the more cleaning we should do. When we neglect our cleaning chores, we end up worsening the quality of the air within our homes.

Are you vacuuming, mopping and dusting on a regular basis? Or have you gotten a bit lazy? Is your home suffering from poor indoor air quality? There are some telltale signs that will help you to determine the answer.

Are any of your family members having trouble breathing?

If you or anyone in your home is experiencing shortness of breath, sinus congestion, sore throats, sneezing or coughing, it’s time to be concerned. You may also have poor indoor air quality if anyone has headaches or is feeling fatigue, dizziness or nausea. These seemingly common symptoms are often indications of exposure to air pollution. This is especially true for asthma sufferers and those with other allergies and respiratory issues.

Is dust accumulating throughout the home?

It’s understandable that dust is bound to accumulate. But without regular dusting, mopping and vacuuming, the presence of dust can get out of hand. Excess dust is a sign of poor indoor air quality. It indicates a heavier presence of particles due to a lack of cleaning. Letting pet dander and pollen to go untouched will make things tough on your respiratory system. Once again, asthma sufferers are especially prone to breathing problems in a dusty house.

What’s that smell?

If something stinks, chances are your home’s indoor air quality requires some serious improving. Every home has its own smell that its inhabitants often don’t even notice. We all develop sensory adaptation which means we don’t even pick up our home’s smells the way visitors do. However, if you begin to notice unpleasant smells in your home, you likely have an indoor air quality problem.

Have you found any mould in your home?

As we pointed out in last week’s blog, mould is often found in our bath tiles. This is because bathrooms are havens for excess humidity which encourages mould growth. However, mould can grow on and around other areas of the home where humidity is common. This includes the floors, the walls, around windows and on furniture. Excess humidity is an indicator of poor indoor air quality and often a cause for mould to grow.

Does your home’s mould problem need some extra special attention? At Enviro-Works Inc., we specialize in detecting mould using a number of methods. Our state-of-the-art laboratory services include detection of Mould In Air as well as through sampling bulk materials, using tapelifts and swabbing, also known as the Bulk/Tapelift/Swab methods.

For more information about our Mould Testing, please don’t hesitate to call us at 780-457-4652 or email us at