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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Perry house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors 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 contaminated than outdoors, which may result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common origins of poor IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a pro like Gillman Heating and Air about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these fumes build up indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create 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 higher than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help fumes disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When looking for a model, 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 redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your heating and cooling unit to give strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more details on which solution is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating properly. This work allows our pros to spot problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on each floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Gillman Heating and Air Specialists

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 478-202-3076 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you locate the best equipment for your needs and budget.