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

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your Montoursville house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building 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 may create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of bad IAQ, the issues they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a expert like Airmen HVAC Service about which solutions are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes 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 chemicals collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help chemicals dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When looking for a model, check that it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling equipment to provide powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around for an extended amount of time since your house is drawing in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more info on which type is best for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running like it should. This service allows our technicians to spot troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Airmen HVAC Service Experts

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 570-322-3131 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your home and budget.