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Have a bad smell in your home?

It could mean there’s a problem with your indoor air quality.


May 6, 2021

Does the air in your home have a musty, moldy, or chemical-y smell no matter how hard you try to get rid of it? Bad smells in the house can be a sign of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and leave you feeling uncomfortable in your own home. But don’t worry—with a few indoor air quality solutions, you can banish indoor air pollutants and keep your home smelling fresh and clean this spring. 

What Are the Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality? 

Poor indoor air quality can cause a lot more problems than just an unpleasant smell in your house. It can also make you and your family sick with symptoms like:

  • Eye irritation 

  • Sore throat 

  • Sneezing

  • Coughing 

  • Fatigue 

  • Dizziness 

  • Headaches 

It’s easy to mistake these symptoms with seasonal allergies, especially during the spring, but if you’re feeling sick whenever you’re at home and start to feel better anytime you leave for a while, your home’s indoor air is likely the culprit. 

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution? 

Most of us think about air pollution as something that happens outside, but the EPA estimates indoor air to be 2-5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. So where are all those contaminants coming from? Here are some of the most common indoor air pollution examples:

  • Mold spores 

  • Radon 

  • Carbon monoxide 

  • Pet dander 

  • Dust mites 

  • Volatile organic compounds 

  • Tobacco smoke

Some of these pollutants, like radon, get into your house from the outside. Others, like volatile organic compounds, are released into the air by products and materials you use in your home. So in order to improve IAQ, you need to address contaminants coming in from the outside and contaminants that originate inside your home. 

EnergySmart of VT Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality 

EnergySmart of VT has been helping homeowners in Barre and throughout Washington County make their houses more comfortable for over 30 years. As certified building science professionals, we understand how the different systems in your home interact, and we can solve your indoor air quality problem at the source.

When you partner with us for residential indoor air quality improvements, we’ll figure out what’s causing your IAQ problems and then implement solutions that will address the specific issues you’re dealing with. Some of the most common indoor air quality solutions we recommend include insulation and air sealing, moisture control, and ventilation upgrades. Our team will help you decide what improvements make the most sense for your home and budget. 

Keep indoor pollutants out of your home’s air. Call 802-476-3549 or contact us here to get indoor air quality help.