Sick building syndrome is a phenomenon in which being inside a building can make you feel unwell. It all has to do with the air you’re breathing, which can contain all kinds of nasty particulates. In a humid climate like Sarasota, Florida, sick building syndrome is especially relevant and can apply to all buildings, even homes.
How Can a Building Be Sick?
The building (in this case, your home) isn’t actually sick. The humans inside experience sickness, or allergies, thanks to environmental pollutants and harsh chemicals that get into the air. If you and your family often experience cold-like symptoms when you aren’t sick, you might have this issue in your home.
Your Home’s IAQ Formula
Though we see lots of the same IAQ concerns in the Sunshine State, no two Florida homes have identical IAQ concerns. You might have dust and pet dander under control but have lots of VOCs floating around. Maybe you use all-natural household products, but you’ve got mold growing in your air handler, sending spores out into the air you’re breathing. There’s never one solution, but a bunch, which we help you adapt to fit your household.
What to Do About It
Schedule an appointment to have us come over and examine your HVAC system. While you wait for us to arrive, take a look around your house. Do you use a lot of commercial cleaning supplies? Do you have a bunch of unused home repair products, like paint and caulk, just sitting around? Do you burn a lot of candles? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to change that behavior. We’ll help you deal with the HVAC aspect by recommending air purifiers, filters, and UV lights.
Custom Air & Plumbing has the answers to your IAQ questions. Have one of our technicians over to assess the health of your IAQ and your HVAC system. We’re happy to discuss and help you implement strategies for improving your IAQ. Reach us at 888-856-4507 .