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

April 27, 2020

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

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise chatting with a pro like Colvin's Heating and Cooling about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household things.

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

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When seeking a model, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This unit hooks to your comfort system to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern residences are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time as your residence is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down 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 musty indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

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

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers balanced humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating smoothly. This job allows our professionals to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Colvin's Heating and Cooling Experts

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 816-379-3918 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your family and budget.