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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Thedford home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, 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 more polluted than outdoors, which could result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary causes of poor IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we advise talking with a expert like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released 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 vapors accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, 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 guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling unit to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our technicians recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even 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 units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running smoothly. This job allows our pros to pinpoint troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on all floors near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Aware that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 519-296-4437 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your family and budget.