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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Justin home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, 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 contaminated than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of poor IAQ, the issues they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a specialist like Pepper AC & Htg Inc about which options are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes collect in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may 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 follow the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern houses are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your house is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more info on which type is ideal for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

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

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working properly. This work allows our professionals to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Pepper AC & Htg Inc Pros

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 940-202-1184 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal solution for your family and budget.