You may find yourself using air fresheners and candles to mask odors or avoiding specific places in your house. You may notice you or your children don’t feel well in certain rooms or when certain things happen, like the when the heat comes on or the house gets damp. These are typical indicators that your home has an indoor air problem that could be degrading your health.
When you see your doctor, they typically try to connect your symptoms to conditions inside your body, not to external factors such as the home you live in. This is shocking, especially when leading researchers tell us that as many as half of the “homes, schools and buildings in the United States have an indoor air quality problem due to moisture and mold.” Even many home “experts” will tell you that mold, degrading building materials, and odors are pretty “normal.
The symptoms most commonly reported by those affected by a “sick house” are many and varied, depending on the sensitivity of the person and the severity of the issues in the home. Common symptoms usually fall into a few broad categories:
- Respiratory Symptoms – congestion, aggravated asthma or allergies, sinus infections
- Cognitive Issues – foggy thinking, sleep disturbance, frequent headaches
- Emotional Changes – feeling agitated or depressed
- Physical Symptoms – stomach discomfort, muscle aches, fatigue, rashes, sore throat
In our experience, one of the most important indicators is the, “I just don’t feel right” feeling that doesn't really go away. You feel "like you are getting the flu" but it doesn't become the flu. Or, it frequently feels like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, when you got a full 8-hours. Or you experience cold-like symptoms that don’t run their course in a week or so as with a real cold and seem to return frequently.