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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Monroe house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise consulting with a specialist like Lanz Furnace and Fireplace about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes 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 build up in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may 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 greater than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, make sure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment connects with your comfort equipment to give powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around longer because your residence is drawing in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more info on which solution is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running properly. This service allows our professionals to find troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Lanz Furnace and Fireplace Pros

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 608-291-3606 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the best option for your needs and budget.