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5 Ways to Tell If You Have Poor Indoor Air Quality

Woman blowing her nose after sneezing due to bad indoor air quality in her Cayman Islands' house.

Did you know that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? This fact often comes as a shock to homeowners who think their homes are the safest and cleanest of places.

Although you may routinely mop the floors, scrub the countertops, and dust the cabinets in your home, there’s a chance that there are harmful airborne contaminants lingering in the air. Your indoor environment is supposed to be a comfortable place, but unfortunately, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can wreak havoc on your household’s health if you aren’t careful.

Fortunately, there are ways to tell if you have poor indoor air quality. Let’s take a look at some of the top warning signs in detail below.

Your Family Is Feeling Sick

There are many ways to tell if you have poor indoor air quality inside your home. Unfortunately, one of the most concerning signs is declining health.

Some of the most common airborne contaminants include pollen, dust, mold spores, and pet dander. If you have high levels of these contaminants inside your home, your family can experience a wide range of health problems, including coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches, and difficulty breathing.

Since health problems are some of the most common signs of poor indoor air quality, don’t hesitate to ask your family members how they’re feeling. If your household has allergies or asthma, be on the lookout for worsening symptoms.

You’ve Noticed Excessive Dust

Have you spotted dust buildup around your vents? Are you frequently having to replace your air conditioning system’s air filters? Excessive dust is one of the most common signs of poor indoor air quality, so you should pay attention to any dust you see inside your home.

You’ll want to thoroughly check around your ventilation system, but also be on the lookout for any dust collecting on the surfaces you use every day.

You Smell a Musty Odor

If you’ve noticed a musty, unpleasant odor inside your home, and it just won’t seem to go away, don’t simply push this problem to the wayside. Instead, treat it with the utmost concern. These musty odors can sometimes indicate that you’re dealing with mold or mildew problems.

Mold is a harmful pollutant because it can lead to various health problems, including a runny nose, fatigue, and trouble breathing.

There are many ways to tell if you have poor indoor air quality, starting with health effects and visual dust buildup. However, the smells inside your home can also tell you a great deal about the potential pollutants lurking in your air. Don’t overlook a musty odor simply because you don’t see any visible mold growth.

You’re Struggling to Sleep

Do you have a difficult time sleeping? Although this issue can be attributed to many factors, it’s important to recognize that poor indoor air quality could be the culprit behind your lack of shut-eye. If there’s a high level of indoor air pollutants inside your home, this can have a negative effect on air circulation and your health. An uncomfortable indoor temperature is also a factor of air quality that has a strong link to sleep quality and duration.

Poor sleep is one of the most concerning signs of poor indoor air quality since it can have many consequences for your overall health. You’ll want to get to the bottom of the problem as soon as possible so that you can get back to enjoying a rejuvenating, restful sleep.

High Relative Humidity

Does your home constantly feel humid? Although high humidity can be frustrating to deal with, you might be surprised to learn that this issue is one of the top signs of poor indoor air quality. Excessive humidity itself is not all that bad apart from the uncomfortable sticky feeling, which is bad enough! However, the real issue is that it provides the right conditions for the growth and development of mold and mildew that can cause infections, as well as dust mite colonies that trigger allergic reactions.

So what is too high? Relative humidity targets vary by climate zone and building type. The ideal relative humidity target in Cayman for residential dwellings is 45% to 55%. This is our standard at Polar Bear Air Conditioning, however, every home is different and so are the needs of occupants. If your thermostat measures relative humidity you can check it to see if your home is within the desired range. Also note however, that thermostat readings are sometimes inaccurate. If you think this is the case you should have a certified technician compare it with a professional grade psychrometer.

Improve Your Home’s IAQ With Help From Polar Bear

As you can see, there are many ways to tell if you have poor indoor air quality. Of course, it’s not always easy to know if you’re dealing with poor IAQ inside your home or some other factor. If you’re concerned for your family’s health, there are various steps you can take to improve your air quality. For starters, it is recommended to replace your air conditioning system’s air filter at least once every 30 – 90 days. You might also want to consider installing air purifiers or a dehumidifier.

The air in your home can make or break your family’s comfort. Fortunately, Polar Bear offers top-tier indoor air quality services in the Cayman Islands for your health and comfort.

We provide dependable services for all of your needs, whether you’re looking for an AC condensing unit for sale or are feeling concerned about poor air quality. Our experts are happy to assist you. Contact us today to learn more about our services!


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John Thistle
John Thistle
21:32 17 May 23
I recently had my air conditioning unit installed by Polar Bear Air Conditioning in Cayman Kai. I was very pleased with the service I received. The workmen, Jerome, Tony, and Nathan, were all professional and courteous. They arrived on time and were dressed in their uniforms. They laid out carpeting where they would be walking inside the house to avoid leaving debris or making a mess. They worked clean and kept the space tidy. They were polite and provided me a good understanding of the work they completed as well as showed me all pieces of equipment. They emailed me a jpg image of each piece of equipment's information plate so that I could record it in my home management software, as requested.Here are some specific details about the work they did:They installed 3 new high-efficiency air conditioning units that are much more energy-efficient (26 SEER) than my old units.They cleaned and disinfected the air ducts, as well as replaced previously installed flex ducts with rigid duct work that is superior in efficiency and durability.They installed new filters to help keep the air clean and free of allergens.They explained the operation of the new units to me and answered all of my questions.They cleaned up after themselves and left my home in good condition.I would highly recommend Polar Bear Air Conditioning to anyone in need of air conditioning installation or service. They are a professional and reliable company that provides excellent customer service.
Charles Mobley
Charles Mobley
01:19 01 May 23
Our ac stopped working a few weeks ago and Polar Bear sent Roemaine and Tyrone to diagnose the problem. Roemaine and Tyrone very quickly identified the problem and communicated with me. It turns out the best option was replacing the condensing unit which Paul quoted within a matter of minutes and they had expert installation team (Tony and Jerome) complete late in the afternoon with short notice. I’m very happy with their work!
17:26 22 Feb 23
I have, over the years been trying to find a reliable, professional A/C maintenance and repair company. I have tried a few. That search is now over after using Polar Bear. Billy and Jerry were absolutely a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and professional from the initial diagnosis to the final repair. I highly recommend this company and the team that came to do work on my AC. Tim.
Gill Gordon
Gill Gordon
01:58 27 Jan 23
Polar Bear technicians are always very polite, friendly and professional in their service. Each of their technicians that we have dealt with have been great and they are always super responsive to getting someone out. Pictured are Antony and Billy who completed our recent service 👍
Zichri M.
Zichri M.
22:27 30 Dec 22
Great work. I received an email and also a call from the dispatcher that the tech would be calling me, and sure enough, the tech (Simon) called shortly after that to let me know he was on his way which was very much appreciated. The customer service from all of the team and updates was spot on, and Simon was very thorough and very knowledgeable. He was also very courteous and professional. I rate Polar Bear as the best company in town. Great work!
Glenroy Miller
Glenroy Miller
03:27 24 Dec 22
Tyrone is very knowledgeable and professional, he gave me a step by step update of what he was doing. He also gave advice on how best to protect not only the unit but my family. My wife and I are totally satisfied with the service.
Kyle Roberts
Kyle Roberts
22:50 23 Dec 22
Polar Bear's service and response was amazing! Nicole who answered my phone call and scheduled me was extremely friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable! The Technician assigned to me was Simon and he was also extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Within a minute of looking at my system he knew what the errors and issues were! He was able to fix one of the two problems that day, and then came scheduled and came the following day to fix the remaining issue. He was perfectly on time and the courtesy call before arrival both times before arriving was a welcome touch as it made sure that I was ready.Will continue using polar bear for all my HVAC needs! 5*
Kayla Shibli
Kayla Shibli
01:09 05 Oct 22
My experience with Polar Bear has been awesome!!!! From the beginning, the office staff were so professional and kind, then receiving my AC quote, the gentleman has been very prompt in his response time—, the kind of employee that puts customer first and has such a nice and an approachable attitude, very patient in answering my questions and providing guidance as required by me- customer focus completely, then as if that wasn’t enough to convince me to move my AC maintenance and installation to Polar Bear; the technicians that attended to my AC installation provided such excellent service— what stood out was how they used a carpet that was placed on my floor to avoid making any mess on my floor and whatever mess they did make, the technician used their broom to remove it. I know this message is long but I really wanted to express my THANK YOU and appreciation for such excellent customer service that I’ve experienced by Polar Bear — you have won me as a customer!! THANK YOU! Keep up the excellent customer service!!! Looking forward to building a relationship with you as a new customer.
Robert L White
Robert L White
11:48 15 Aug 22
Olivia and Demitri very professional , competent and are delightful people! She came by and diagnosed some issues with our AC system . I am reviewing your estimate at this time..I truly enjoyed meeting them. They both real assets to your Company!Rob
Omari Rankine
Omari Rankine
04:58 10 Jul 22
I am very pleased with the service that was provided by Polar Bear. I had an issue where the ac was not working at one of my rental properties after hours on a weekend. Rohan came all the way out to East End at 10pm and worked on the issue to get the system back up and running. He was very thorough and explained the issue in detail, and the measures I needed to take to prevent it from reoccurring. Excellent customer service

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