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

If you’re unsure whether your Moline home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 homes could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of bad 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 suggest consulting with a specialist like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from common household things.

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

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

When these vapors collect inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for a system, check that it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

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

Persistent Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your home is drawing in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which type is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to drag 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 occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a severe health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is running smoothly. This job allows our specialists to spot troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Freed Heating & Air Conditioning Specialists

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 309-323-9584 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the best option for your home and budget.

Back To Blog