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

April 27, 2020

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which might create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise talking with a expert like Hopper Heating and Air about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released 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 chemicals accumulate in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When hunting for one, make sure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit works with your heating and cooling system to give mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time as your house is taking in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more details on which type is ideal for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps steady. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our techs recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating like it should. This service allows our technicians to see issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Hopper Heating and Air Professionals

Know that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 704-233-7363 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your family and budget.