What Is Stale Air and How Do You Get Rid of It?

Posted On: April 11, 2022

air vent on the wall of a homeStale air is indoor air that hasn’t had enough fresh air circulating through it. Most people notice stale air because the pent-up pollutants have an unpleasant smell or make a room feel stuffy.

Stale air is uncomfortable at low levels, but it can become unhealthy at higher levels.

Breathing unhealthy levels of stale air can cause skin irritation, headaches, and fatigue, and can be especially dangerous for those with underlying conditions like allergies or respiratory problems.

What Causes Stale Air?

  • Exhaled carbon dioxide
  • Microbial volatile organic compounds
  • Fine particulates
  • Chemicals and cleaning agents
  • Paint
  • Mold and mildew
  • Allergens
  • Pets
  • Dust
  • Smoke
  • Odors

How Do I Get Rid of Stale Air?

  • Open a window
  • Use an air purifier
  • Install a ventilator
  • Replace your air filter
  • Install a dehumidifier

If you have stale air in your home, it might be time to call Short Pump Heating & Air for preventive maintenance on your HVAC system. Your filters might need to be changed, or there may be an issue with your AC system that should get repaired before summer.

Call 804-364-9040 today to schedule preventive maintenance or have your system repaired.

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