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

April 27, 2020

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

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 residences can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend chatting with a specialist like Central Air LLC about which products are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When hunting for a system, 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 moved by your house’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling unit to provide powerful filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your residence is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. These units 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 stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more information on which kind is best for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a severe health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in large amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is running like it should. This work allows our techs to see problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on all floors near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Central Air LLC Pros

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 203-357-5913 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the right option for your family and budget.