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

May 22, 2020

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

Poor indoor air quality can have an adverse effect on your well-being. That’s why it’s essential to recognize the signs of bad air quality in your house, what causes it and how to fix it.

If you’re wondering how you can tell if your Grove City home’s air quality is bad, our team of heating and cooling experts at Air Quality Solutions can help. We’ll go through the issues you’re running into and offer ideas to make your home’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you picture pollution, you generally think of smog. But common items in your home can create pollution by the gases or particles they release into the air.

These starting points involve:

  • 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 equipment
  • Recently placed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Man-made building materials, including furniture constructed from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be worsened by a lack of ventilation in your home, as well as hot temperatures and humidity. Today’s residences are firmly sealed for energy conservation, which is a plus for your utility costs but not so good when you need additional fresh air inside.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people react differently to indoor air pollutants, you could develop symptoms immediately or later on. Your symptoms could go away when you leave your residence but worsen when you return.

Some of the most regular immediate issues involve:

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

If someone in your family deals with allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be heightened.

Continuous or long-term exposure can cause respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Symptoms of Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Fix It

Your home will also give you some signs that its air isn’t as fresh as it should be.

  1. Your home is extremely dusty, notably close to the vents. It’s common for your residence to get dusty over the week, but buildup near your air registers should be cause for concern. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can impact your health, especially if you struggle with allergies or asthma. A higher-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help lower the concentration of dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your house has hot and cold spots. Your HVAC system may be struggling to maintain correct temperature and humidity percentages. Or there may be air distribution issues due to your HVAC system or ductwork. Our Air Quality Solutions professionals can locate the trouble and suggest repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air feels too dry or too wet. We advise keeping your house’s humidity percentage between 30–40% for optimum comfort. If your residence isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, your skin and throat could feel itchy. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more regularly. If your home is too humid during hot temperatures, you might have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are bad for your health. You can manage these problems with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your heating and cooling unit to give appropriate humidity around your residence.
  4. Your house has odors that won’t go away. You may catch a musty smell when you arrive. Or a cooking smell that just won’t go away. Since it’s not practical to open your windows all the time, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling fresh again. It replaces stuffy inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA recommends implementing include keeping your residence smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and servicing your HVAC unit. Regular furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your systems clean and efficient and can even help them last for a greater amount of time.

We Can Help Boost Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has an air quality issue, give our Air Quality Solutions HVAC specialists a call at 614-871-4144 or contact us online. We’re available to talk with you about options and give you a free estimate.