Sick Building Syndrome: What Is It And How to Prevention Tips

Sick Building Syndrome: What Is It And How to Prevention Tips

With the events of the last few years, one thing we can take away is the importance of clean air, especially indoor air quality. Sick Building Syndrome has always been a concern, but it has become a major issue since the pandemic.

So what exactly is Sick Building Syndrome? Can it be prevented? This blog will discuss ways to prevent this issue, such as air duct and residential dryer vent cleaning. With a little effort, you can help protect your family from SBS.

Facts about Sick Building Syndrome

What is Sick Building Syndrome?

Not to be confused with Building Related Illness (BRI), Sick Building Syndrome is a broad term. SBS covers a broad spectrum of acute health symptoms one may experience after spending time in a building with poor air quality. Sick Building Syndrome may be quite difficult to diagnose as it can not always be traced to specific causes.

However, cleaning services such as air ducts and residential dryer vents can help combat SBS. 

If you have lived in a dwelling or worked in an office where the air quality is poor, there is a good chance you could develop SBS. Poor air quality can result from mold, dust mites, mildew, spores, inadequate ventilation, rodent or insect droppings, or other allergens/irritants.

Sick Building Syndrome can also be caused by airborne illnesses such as the flu or COVID-19 or chemical containment such as pesticides and cleaning agents, among others.

Symptoms of SBS may vary; the following are the most common symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Lack of focus
  • Lethargic feeling
  • Brain fog
  • Dry, itchy, watery, or otherwise irritated eyes
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dry or irritated throat
  • Runny or dry nose
  • Itchy or dry skin
  • Nausea

Since 2020, people have been more concerned with the air quality of their homes. People are not only getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and protecting social distancing, but they are also going to extra lengths to ensure that the air in their homes is clean and pure. Cleaning can help stop the spread of COVID and combat other pollutants and allergens that can contribute to poor air quality in the home.

Tips to Prevent SBS in Your Home

  • Use a dehumidifier in high-humidity areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens
  • Open the window or use fans when cooking, especially on the stovetop
  • Regularly clean the filters on your air conditioning units. Replace as needed
  • Vacuum carpets, area rugs, and any upholstery regularly
  • Clean your air ducts and have your HVAC system serviced when needed
  • Have your dryer vents cleaned by a professional cleaning team at least once a year?
  • Inspect your home regularly for mold and mildew. Have treatment as soon as possible
  • Clean your home regularly using environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home

How Vent Cleaning Can Prevent Sick Building Syndrome

Both air vent cleaning and dryer vent cleaning can help prevent SBS. Dirt, dust, lint, and other allergens can get trapped in your dryer vent and thus pollute the air in your home. You should have your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once a year to help improve the air quality, prevent SBS and help prevent dryer fires. In addition, this service can help lower energy costs and extend the life of your dryer. 

To help promote clean air in your home and help prevent Sick Building Syndrome, please contact DRVC. We will provide you with a free estimate for residential dryer vent cleaning.

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