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

April 27, 2020

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we recommend chatting with a specialist like Scott Temperature about which options are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your home’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment works with your HVAC equipment to provide mighty filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Musty odors can stay around longer since your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running smoothly. This service allows our specialists to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Scott Temperature Experts

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 785-269-0465 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your needs and budget.