The COVID-19 virus pandemic has been enlightening in many ways. It’s shown us that we didn’t know how to wash our hands properly, that our understanding of viruses is flawed in many ways, and also that there are so many factors to good health we don’t know about.
Indoor air quality improvement has been a concern for a while, but current health concerns have pushed the issue to the forefront. Proper indoor ventilation is essential to maintaining a sanitary environment. It’s also crucial that we ensure the best possible air quality in homes so that any COVID-19 symptoms and long-term effects aren’t exacerbated.
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) has been a health concern since a 1980s report by the World Health Organization. The report showed that a considerable chunk of complaints about indoor air quality comes from a sustained issue in the building’s operation or maintenance. This leads to SBS in residents.
SBS doesn’t look like any one set of symptoms, so the problem can be hard to diagnose. Acute allergic symptoms like headaches, nose, eye or throat irritation, rashes, coughs, dizziness, etc. are key indicators.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency lists inadequate ventilation, chemical contaminants from indoor and outdoor sources, and biological contaminants as causes of SBS. The solution lies in a proper assessment of the home and deep cleaning by professionals.
How COVID-19 Plays A Role
You may be thinking that this issue has nothing to do with the COVID-19 virus. However, the point is to start thinking about the bigger picture here. There are concerns that the inefficiency of HVAC systems in offices and hospitals due to poor maintenance means that contaminated air remains stagnant.
However, beyond transmission, people are increasingly managing mild symptoms at home. These symptoms include mild difficulty in respiratory function and coughing. A home ventilation system that hasn’t been adequately cleaned and sanitized can lead to worsening symptoms and a drawn-out recovery.
After an assessment, we perform air duct and vent cleaning to get rid of dust, mold, or other unwanted substances stuck in these spaces. This can improve your home environment drastically. Call us at (919) 687-7772 for more information on our various cleaning services!