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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Katy residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent sources of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest consulting with a specialist like Goode Bros AC & Heating about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by everyday household things.

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

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically made to wipe out 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 house’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to provide strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around longer because your house is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more information on which solution is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our specialists recommend 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 system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product provides consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It occurs when there’s unfinished combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in big levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running properly. This work allows our technicians to pinpoint troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Goode Bros AC & Heating Specialists

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at (833)-466-3322 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you locate the best option for your family and budget.