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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Huntingburg home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise talking with a expert like Dearing's Service & Solutions about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This solution connects with your comfort system to provide strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more information on which solution is best for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product provides consistent humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It’s caused by unfinished combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in big amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating smoothly. This job allows our specialists to find issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Dearing's Service & Solutions Pros

Aware that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 812-200-5844 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the right option for your family and budget.