Signs Your Residence Has Bad Indoor Air Quality and How to Fix It

May 22, 2020

We are indoors a lot. In fact, the EPA has calculated most people spend 90% of their lives inside a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times more polluted than outside.

Decreased indoor air quality can have an adverse effect on your wellness. That’s why it’s critical to know the symptoms of bad air quality in your house, what causes it and how to take care of it.

If you’re looking for ways to tell if your Brookfield home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort experts at Central Air LLC can provide assistance. We’ll go through the problems you’re experiencing and provide ideas to make your home’s air better.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you picture pollution, you generally think of smog. But ordinary things inside your home can cause pollution by the gases or particles they leak into the air.

These origins involve:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby products
  • Combustion appliances, for example a furnace or stove that runs on gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC equipment
  • Recently installed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Artificial building materials, including furniture made from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be exacerbated by not enough ventilation in your house, as well as hot temperatures and humidity. Recently built houses are tightly sealed for energy efficiency, which is good for your heating and cooling costs but not so fantastic when you need additional fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people are affected differently by indoor air pollutants, you could experience symptoms right away or in the future. Your symptoms may go away when you leave home but come back when you return.

Some of the most regular immediate issues include:

  • Scratchy eyes, nose or throat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

If someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be more severe.

Continuous or long-term exposure could cause respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Indications of Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Fix It

Your home will also give you some signs that its air isn’t as fresh as it needs to be.

  1. Your home is excessively dusty, notably close to the vents. It’s expected for your home to get dusty over the week, but buildup around your air registers should be cause for concern. There are other substances within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, especially if you struggle with allergies or asthma. A better-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help cut down on dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your home has hot and cold spots. Your home comfort system may be failing to maintain correct temperature and humidity percentages. Or there could be air distribution problems due to your HVAC system or ductwork. Our Central Air LLC pros can locate the trouble and advise repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air seems too dry or too wet. We recommend keeping your house’s humidity percentage near 30–40% for optimal comfort. If your home isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, your skin and throat can feel scratchy. You might also have colds and other respiratory illnesses more often. If your home is too humid during hot temperatures, you might have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are harmful to your well-being. You can fight these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which pairs your heating and cooling unit to deliver appropriate humidity throughout your house.
  4. Your house has odors that won’t go away. You may notice a stale scent when you get home. Or a cooking smell that just won’t go away. Since it’s not feasible to open your windows all the time, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling good again. It exchanges musty inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA suggests taking include keeping your house smoke-free, getting carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your heating and cooling system. Routine furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your systems clean and efficient and may even help them work for a longer amount of time.

We Can Help Enhance Your House’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your residence has an air quality issue, give our Central Air LLC HVAC specialists a call at 203-357-5913 or contact us online. We’re ready to talk with you about possibilities and provide a free estimate.