How Can I Tell if My Homes Air Quality is Bad?

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your Plover house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we recommend consulting with a expert like Point Heating & Cooling about which solutions are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by common household items.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

  • Furniture
  • Carpet
  • Building materials
  • Cleaning products
  • Cosmetics
  • Air fresheners
  • Candles

When these chemicals collect inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your house’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling system to give mighty filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more information on which type is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in large levels.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is working like it should. This job allows our professionals to see troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Point Heating & Cooling Experts

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 715-504-0533 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the best solution for your home and budget.