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What Is Sick Building Syndrome?

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

Have you ever been in a home or building that just felt stuffy? Did you experience any sneezing or coughing? Perhaps it was itchy, watery eyes? If so, you likely experienced “sick building syndrome” firsthand.

“Sick building syndrome” is a term used to describe the link between poor indoor air quality in a building and the effects it can have on an individual who spends time there. The effects of sick building syndrome range from annoying to just plain dangerous, depending on the severity of the quality of the air indoors. Fortunately, there are ways to fight against indoor air pollution and decrease your risk of sick building syndrome. Learn how below.


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What Causes Sick Building Syndrome?

Spending too much time in any space that has poor indoor air quality is what causes sick building syndrome. While you might assume that the air indoors is safe and clean, the Environmental Protection Agency has found that the average home or building can be as much as five times more polluted than the air outside. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors, from chemical-laden cleaning supplies to air fresheners, to outdoor air pollutants that aren’t properly filtered out.


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What are the Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome?

No two individuals are the same, so everyone will be affected by sick building syndrome differently. When it comes to the effects of sick building syndrome, the symptoms can range from flu-like symptoms to serious respiratory issues. Just some of the possible symptoms of sick building syndrome are:

– Headache – Cough – Fever – Fatigue – Chest Tightness – Dizziness – Muscle Aches – Sore Throat – Nausea – Skin Rash


How You Can Fight Against Indoor Air Pollutants and Sick Building Syndrome

When it comes to sick building syndrome, reducing its effects starts with improving the quality of the air indoors. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can do this. For starters, make sure your air conditioning system always has a high-quality air filter and that you change your air filter regularly. this will help block pollutants from dispersing throughout the space. Make sure to minimize the amounts of chemicals you use in your home, whether in cleaning supplies or candles. Opt for all-natural products that will reduce the number of indoor pollutants.


Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Energy Air

At Energy Air, we want your residential or commercial space to be comfortable and above all, safe. That’s why we provide a variety of products and services that improve the quality of air inside of your home or business. If you believe you’re suffering from sick building syndrome, give us a call today or schedule a service appointment online.


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