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

April 27, 2020

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest consulting with a professional like Assured Appliance and Heating & Air about which solutions are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, ensure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This solution works with your comfort equipment to give strong filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your home is drawing in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful 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 stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more information on which kind is best for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our techs advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It occurs when there’s insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents a severe health risk. In small concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working like it should. This service allows our techs to pinpoint problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Assured Appliance and Heating & Air Specialists

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 847-306-8990 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you find the right option for your needs and budget.