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

April 27, 2020

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

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

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend chatting with a professional like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by 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 accumulate inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help odors dissipate faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and install a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit works with your comfort system to provide mighty filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time as your residence is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more information on which type is best for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

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

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating properly. This work allows our professionals to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Freed Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 309-323-9584 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your needs and budget.