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

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your Paxinos residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

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

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a pro like LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. about which options are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these vapors collect in your home, they can 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 higher than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, make sure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit connects with your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more details on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our techs 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 equipment.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating like it should. This job allows our technicians to spot problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. Pros

Informed that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 570-648-0748 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the best option for your home and budget.