What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?

Family enjoying indoor air qualityThere are many reasons why indoor air quality is lower than it should be. Even so, a homeowner should never accept low-quality air as it can cause a wide range of health problems, including coughing, sneezing, asthma, skin conditions, and even cancer. Following are some common problems that homeowners need to watch out for on an ongoing basis.

Dirty AC Filters

Your HVAC filters play a large role in keeping your home’s air free from dust, debris, and allergens. Filters should be changed every three months if you live in a home without pets or every two months if you have an indoor dog or cat. Those who have allergy problems and/or multiple pets may need to change HVAC filters as often as every three weeks. Changing HVAC filters is a DIY job that can be done without professional assistance.


Radon may be invisible but it is deadly. It is typically found in certain types of rock formations and/or building materials. A good HVAC company can test for the gas and remove its source, dramatically improving your air quality and overall health at the same time.


If you have had an ongoing cough, itchy or watery eyes, itchy throat and/or dry skin, chances are you have a mold allergy. Mold grows quickly in humid, dark conditions and may be brought about by pooled water somewhere in or near the home. Have an HVAC technician inspect your HVAC unit’s condensate drain periodically to make sure that water is able to drain properly. Homes in particularly humid areas may need a dehumidifier in addition to a top-quality HVAC unit to prevent mold growth and maintain good air quality inside the house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs as they are more commonly known, can be found in a number of building materials, certain types of glues and adhesives, cleaning products, paints and even printers. These toxic gases can cause health problems ranging from regular headaches and dizziness to organ failure. The best way to ensure that your home does not have a high VOC level is to keep the house properly ventilated at all times. It’s also wise to pay attention to product labels when purchasing products to ensure that they do not contain VOCs.

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Alberta Mountain Air specializes in providing a wide range of HVAC products and services to Alberta, Calgary residents to help you keep your home’s air clean and fresh at all times. If you are experiencing air quality problems or want to avoid these problems in the first place, give us a call and one of our technicians will visit your home and provide the assistance you need. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee that ensures you receive only the best possible service.