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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Grove City home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 homes can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a pro like Air Quality Solutions about which solutions are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from common household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause 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 greater than the air outside your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system partners with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This solution connects with your comfort equipment to give strong filtration. Some types have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern residences are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for an extended amount of time as your residence is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more information on which kind is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

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

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big levels.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is working smoothly. This work allows our techs to see troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Air Quality Solutions Experts

Know that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 614-871-4144 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your needs and budget.