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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Chadron house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of inferior IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a professional like MPC Heating & Cooling about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular 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 might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, check that it’s specifically designed to eliminate 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 system. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to provide powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stale odors can stick around longer since your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out dangerous 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 removes stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more info on which solution is ideal for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity stays balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product gives consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in large amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running smoothly. This service allows our pros to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on each floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the MPC Heating & Cooling Specialists

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 308-832-4321 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you locate the best option for your needs and budget.