Signs Your Residence Has Bad Indoor Air Quality and How to Repair It

May 22, 2020

We are indoors a lot. In fact, the EPA has calculated many people spend 90% of their time indoors a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times more polluted than outside.

Poor indoor air quality can have an adverse effect on your well-being. That’s why it’s critical to recognize the signs of bad air quality in your house, what leads to it and how to take care of it.

If you want to know how you can tell if your Chadron home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort pros at MPC Heating & Cooling can assist you. We’ll review the problems you’re having and offer ideas to make your residence’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you envision pollution, you generally think of smog. But ordinary things in your home can lead to pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These sources involve:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby goods
  • Combustion appliances, like a furnace or stove that uses gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC systems
  • Recently placed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Synthetic building materials, like furniture made from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be intensified by not enough ventilation in your residence, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Recently built houses are tightly sealed for energy conservation, which is good for your utility costs but not so great when you need more fresh air in your home.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people respond differently to indoor air pollutants, you may experience symptoms now or in the future. Your symptoms may alleviate when you leave home but come back when you return.

Some of the most regular immediate symptoms include:

  • Dry eyes, nose or throat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be more severe.

Continuous or extended exposure may cause respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Symptoms of Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Make It Better

Your house will also indicate that its air isn’t as fresh as it should be.

  1. Your house is very dusty, especially by the vents. It’s normal for your house to get dusty over the week, but accumulation around your air registers should be cause for concern. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, very much so if you deal with allergies or asthma. A premium air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help reduce dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your residence has hot and cold spots. Your home comfort equipment could be having difficulty maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels. Or there could be air distribution issues because of your heating and cooling system or ductwork. Our MPC Heating & Cooling professionals can locate the issue and advise repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air feels too dry or too wet. We suggest having your residence’s humidity range around 30–40% for optimal comfort. If your house isn’t humid enough during cold weather, your skin and throat can feel itchy. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more frequently. If your home is too humid during warm weather, you could have increased mold and mildew growth, both of which are harmful to your health. You can combat these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which pairs your HVAC system to provide even humidity throughout your residence.
  4. Your home has odors that won’t go away. You might catch a musty smell when you come home. Or a cooking smell that just won’t disperse. Since it’s not feasible to have your windows open 24/7, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling pleasant again. It replaces musty inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA advises doing include keeping your house smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your HVAC system. Annual furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your units clean and efficient and may even help them last for a greater amount of time.

We Can Help Enhance Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has an air quality problem, give our MPC Heating & Cooling HVAC specialists a call at 308-832-4321 or contact us online. We’re here to chat with you about solutions and offer a free estimate.