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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Hudsonville home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re inside 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 can create long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we advise talking with a expert like West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes 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 house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your house’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling system to deliver powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around longer because your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more info on which solution is right for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It causes a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy levels.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating like it should. This service allows our professionals to see problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services Professionals

Aware that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the right option for your needs and budget.