I moved into a top floor unit in a brand new construction condo. Cathedral ceiling in living/dining room. I am experiencing some very unpleasant symptoms in the unit, mostly my throat gets cloggy and it's a little hard to breathe. Livable but not pleasant. Here are some particulars -
1. The HVAC system I thought was a heat pump. Well, the maintenance person tells me it's not because there's no freon (it only heats, no A/C). He said air blows past hot water and heats that way, something like that. He couldn't even tell me the name of the kind of system in order to look it up online.
2. I have far fewer symptoms in bedroom and bathroom. This would suggest it's not the carpet which is in bedroom and living room and not the paint. Maybe the kitchen cabinets, maybe the ductwork in the living room.
3. My neighbor in an identical unit next door has no problems. I know I have been sensitive to some environmental stuff in the past where breathing was hard, but I've generally been OK around particle board.
4. The unit feels too dry when heat is on a long time, and kind of clammy on cool days when it's not.
5. Builder is Summerhill Homes, I would think it's quality construction and aren't recent buildings constructed of more 'green' material?
6. FYI this is in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I am having the maintenance guy check the HVAC system this week and have another guy I want to get with who can probably take more time to look over the whole unit than the maintenance man.
Sorry for the lengthy post, I just want to get comfortable in the unit! Any ideas would be helpful. FYI on colder damper days or when I open the window, sometimes you can kind of sense a drywall smell, but you have to try hard to sense it.