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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Holdrege residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of poor 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 home, we recommend talking with a specialist like Durable Service about which options are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit works with your heating and cooling system to deliver mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your home is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low amounts, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large levels.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating smoothly. This job allows our techs to see issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Durable Service Experts

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 308-995-8177 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you locate the best option for your needs and budget.