Signs Your House Has Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Restore It

May 22, 2020

We spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, the EPA has found many people spend 90% of their time indoors a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times poorer than outside.

Decreased indoor air quality can have an unfavorable effect on your wellness. That’s why it’s important to identify the signs of poor air quality in your home, what leads to it and how to take care of it.

If you’re wondering how you can tell if your Thedford home’s air quality is bad, our team of heating and cooling pros at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can provide assistance. We’ll go over the troubles you’re having and provide plans to make your residence’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you envision pollution, you usually think of smog. But everyday products within your house can lead to pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These starting points include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby products
  • Combustion appliances, such as a furnace or stove that consumes gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC systems
  • Recently placed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Artificial building materials, including furniture made from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be intensified by a lack of ventilation in your house, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Today’s houses are tightly sealed for energy conservation, which is a plus for your heating and cooling costs but not so great when you need additional fresh air in your home.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people respond differently to indoor air pollutants, you might experience symptoms right away or later. Your symptoms may lessen when you leave home but worsen when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate issues include:

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

If someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be heightened.

Continuous or lengthy exposure can result in respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Improve It

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

  1. Your house is extremely dusty, notably around the vents. It’s expected for your home to get dusty during the week, but accumulation around your air registers should be troubling. There are other particles within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, especially if you struggle 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 residence has hot and cold spots. Your HVAC equipment might be having difficulty maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels. Or there could be air distribution troubles due to your HVAC system or ductwork. Our Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can diagnose the issue and recommend repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air seems too dry or too wet. We advise maintaining your house’s humidity levels around 30–40% for optimum comfort. If your home isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, your skin and throat may feel scratchy. You might also have colds and other respiratory illnesses more frequently. If your residence is too humid during warm weather, you could have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are detrimental to your wellness. You can take care of these troubles with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which works with your heating and cooling system to provide even humidity throughout your residence.
  4. Your residence has odors that won’t go away. You might catch a stale scent when you get home. Or a cooking odor that just won’t dissipate. Since it’s not feasible to open your windows all the time, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling fresh again. It exchanges stuffy inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other approaches the EPA suggests implementing include keeping your home smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and servicing your heating and cooling system. Routine furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your equipment clean and efficient and may even help them last for an extended period of time.

We Can Help Improve Your House’s Indoor Air Quality

If you think your residence has an air quality issue, give our Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning HVAC professionals a call at 519-296-4437 or contact us online. We’re here to chat with you about options and provide a free estimate.