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    Unhappy Please Help, I can Not breathe in my home

    I moved here 2 years ago.. The 3rd day after moving in, I began sneezing so bad that I couldnt catch my breath, which is always followed by severe congestion.. I have got a febreze air filter, humidifier, Dust mite killer, and the last thing was having all of the carpet removed.. But For some reason I still can not breath in here.. This problem only persist when I am home. If I open my door all the way, my sinus began to clear, and the sneezing stops, but within litteraly 1 minute after I close the door, my nose starts clogging up again. I can't live here if I have to sit in front of the opened door just to breathe. I have a really old fashioned Furnace that heats the living room and the bed room. Its controlled from the living room, but has vents on the exact opposite side of the wall which is the bedroom. Does any one have an idea what this could be? I just cant take this anymore. my last option would be that old furnace, which has only one air duct leading into the ceiling, I also have a bad parson spider issue, not sure if that would have anything to do with it. Thanks

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    Have you had any air quality testing done?
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    Without the proper training, instruments, a site inspection, and license approvals, no one here could begin to guess what is going on in your home.

    It sounds as though you are having a biochemical reaction of your body to some element present in the building...so your first step in remedying the situation is to engage an air quality professional who is capable of making the necessary tests to determine the cause, and then plan a remediation action which will eliminate that cause.
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    I like spiders. Not so much for themselves, and not at all if they decided to interact with me directly, but in general I appreciate them for what they do: which is to eat lots of other bugs.

    Parson spiders are active hunter-killers - they hunt like a cat. They are interesting to watch - to me anyway. <g> If you have lots of them - you also have lots of food for them to hunt and eat. Which means that you have lots of other bugs. If you get rid of the other bugs the spiders will go elsewhere for prey.

    But you are never going to be entirely spider free. Odd bits of data stick in my head and one of them is that no person anywhere in the US is ever more than 15 feet from a spider. Because spiders are literally everywhere and there are thousands of kinds of them. How weird is that? <g>

    OK: you have established that something in your home is causing you respiratory distress. Rather than experiment by elimination - why not get tested for allergen and mold sensitivity? First see what you are sensitive to - and then work on ridding your environment of that irritant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by life333 View Post
    I moved here 2 years ago.. The 3rd day after moving in, I began sneezing so bad that I couldnt catch my breath, which is always followed by severe congestion.. I have got a febreze air filter, humidifier, Dust mite killer, and the last thing was having all of the carpet removed.. But For some reason I still can not breath in here.. This problem only persist when I am home. If I open my door all the way, my sinus began to clear, and the sneezing stops, but within litteraly 1 minute after I close the door, my nose starts clogging up again. I can't live here if I have to sit in front of the opened door just to breathe. I have a really old fashioned Furnace that heats the living room and the bed room. Its controlled from the living room, but has vents on the exact opposite side of the wall which is the bedroom. Does any one have an idea what this could be? I just cant take this anymore. my last option would be that old furnace, which has only one air duct leading into the ceiling, I also have a bad parson spider issue, not sure if that would have anything to do with it. Thanks
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    My mom had a similar issue many years ago. After the kitchen was painted. Something was out gassing from that paint. Had the painter use a different brand of paint, and the problem went away.


    Quote Originally Posted by life333 View Post
    I moved here 2 years ago.. The 3rd day after moving in, I began sneezing so bad that I couldnt catch my breath, which is always followed by severe congestion.. I have got a febreze air filter, humidifier, Dust mite killer, and the last thing was having all of the carpet removed.. But For some reason I still can not breath in here.. This problem only persist when I am home. If I open my door all the way, my sinus began to clear, and the sneezing stops, but within litteraly 1 minute after I close the door, my nose starts clogging up again. I can't live here if I have to sit in front of the opened door just to breathe. I have a really old fashioned Furnace that heats the living room and the bed room. Its controlled from the living room, but has vents on the exact opposite side of the wall which is the bedroom. Does any one have an idea what this could be? I just cant take this anymore. my last option would be that old furnace, which has only one air duct leading into the ceiling, I also have a bad parson spider issue, not sure if that would have anything to do with it. Thanks
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    Please Help, I can Not breathe in my home

    You haven’t mentioned if you replaced your air filter at your furnace.

    That’s the only thing I’ve got to add, everyone else has already given you the answers.... Get an Air quality professional in there to do tests, and determine what you react to so you know what problem to address once you find it...

    You can actually find the spiders homes as they usually are not good at housekeeping. When you find a pile of dead insects somewhere you know a spider lives close. Don’t waste your time finding each spider though, you will never win the battle that way. PHM already gave you the solution for that problem too.


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    Tell us about the climate you live in and your home.
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    Plumbing leaks or vent stack leaks?
    Number of occupants and size of home?
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    Termites... Some folks have tremendous allergic reaction.

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