Signs Your Home Has Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Repair It

May 22, 2020

We are often indoors. In fact, the EPA has determined most people spend 90% of their day indoors a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times worse than outside.

Bad indoor air quality can have an unfavorable impact on your wellness. That’s why it’s important to identify the warnings of inferior air quality in your house, what causes it and how to take care of it.

If you’re wondering how you can tell if your Holdrege home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort experts at Durable Service can help. We’ll go through the troubles you’re experiencing and give strategies to make your home’s air fresher.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you envision pollution, you typically think of smog. But everyday products within your residence can produce pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These sources include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby items
  • Combustion appliances, like a furnace or stove that consumes gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC units
  • Recently installed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Synthetic building materials, like furniture made from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be exacerbated by insufficient ventilation in your residence, as well as high temperatures and humidity. Recently built homes are tightly sealed for energy savings, which is great for your heating and cooling costs but not so great when you need more fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people respond differently to indoor air pollutants, you may experience symptoms now or later. Your symptoms can go away when you leave your residence but come back when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate problems include:

  • Irritated eyes, nose or throat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

If someone in your home deals with allergies or asthma, their symptoms can be more severe.

Repeated or long-term exposure can lead to respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Signs of Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Make It Better

Your house will also indicate that its air isn’t as fresh as it needs to be.

  1. Your house is very dusty, notably close to the vents. It’s normal for your home to get dusty in a week’s time, but a lot of dust near your air registers should be concerning. There are other substances within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can impact your health, especially if you deal with allergies or asthma. A premium air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help lower the concentration of dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your home has hot and cold rooms. Your HVAC system may be failing to maintain correct temperature and humidity amounts. Or there could be air distribution problems due to your HVAC system or ductwork. Our Durable Service professionals can diagnose the problem and suggest repairs or replacement.
  3. Your house’s air seems too dry or too wet. We suggest having your residence’s humidity range around 30–40% for optimum comfort. If your home isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, your skin and throat can feel dry. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more regularly. If your residence is too humid during the summer, you may have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are harmful to your wellness. You can manage these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your heating and cooling system to deliver even humidity across your residence.
  4. Your residence has odors that stick around. You could detect a musty scent when you get home. Or a cooking smell that just won’t disperse. Since it’s not possible to open your windows all day, a whole-home ventilation system can get your home smelling fresh again. It replaces musty inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other strategies the EPA suggests implementing include keeping your residence smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and servicing your heating and cooling equipment. Regular furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your equipment clean and efficient and can even help them last longer.

We Can Help Enhance Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you believe your house has an air quality problem, give our Durable Service HVAC experts a call at 308-995-8177 or contact us online. We’re ready to chat with you about options and offer a free estimate.