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

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your South Beloit and Belvidere house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, 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 more contaminated than outdoors, which might result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of inferior IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a specialist like Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by everyday household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes collect in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This unit connects with your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate 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 stale indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which kind is best for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting 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 product provides consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running smoothly. This work allows our specialists to find problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc Experts

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 877-389-2465 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your needs and budget.