Are you frequently feeling unwell in your own office or home, with symptoms clearing up as soon as you leave the building? If so, you may be experiencing what is known as sick building syndrome (SBS). Keep reading as Acker Heating & Cooling discusses what SBS is, its causes and how professional services can help address this issue and improve your indoor air quality.
What Is Sick Building Syndrome?
SBS causes building occupants to suffer from symptoms that seem directly linked to the time spent in the building. These symptoms can range from headaches and dizziness to skin irritations and respiratory problems. The peculiar thing is, these symptoms lessen or disappear once individuals leave the building.
Causes of Sick Building Syndrome
There are numerous potential causes of SBS, including inadequate ventilation, chemical contaminants from indoor or outdoor sources, and biological contaminants like mold or pollen. A key player often overlooked, however, is poor indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality is essential for a healthy living or working environment. Poor air quality can lead to various health issues, including SBS. It can be the result of several factors, such as airborne pollutants and allergens as well as issues with the HVAC system.
Signs of Sick Building Syndrome
Since the symptoms of SBS are nonspecific, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is causing them. Some common signs to watch out for include headaches; dizziness; eye, nose and throat irritation; respiratory problems, tightness in the chest; and nausea. Additionally, an increase in the presence of dust, pet dander and other pollutants in the air can indicate poor indoor air quality, which can lead to SBS.
How HVAC Maintenance Prevents Sick Building Syndrome
HVAC systems are essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment, but they require routine maintenance and repair in order to do the job correctly. Regularly inspecting and cleaning your HVAC systems helps ensure they are working properly and reducing air pollutants and moisture that can give rise to SBS. It also allows technicians to spot any signs of damage or malfunction before it becomes a problem.
How Air Duct Sealing Can Help
Over time, duct systems can develop leaks that allow outside air to infiltrate, bringing in dust, allergens and other pollutants. By sealing these ducts, you can minimize this infiltration and consequently improve indoor air quality, reducing the risk of SBS.
Understanding SBS is crucial to creating healthy indoor environments. By ensuring regular HVAC repair and maintenance and seeking professional assistance for services like air duct sealing, you can mitigate SBS and breathe cleaner air. Ready to take the first step towards healthier indoor air? Turn to our professional team at Acker Heating & Cooling. Call (706) 425-8774 or complete our contact form to schedule a service today.