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

April 27, 2020

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary causes of bad IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a professional like Davis Heating & Air Conditioning about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by common household products.

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

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

When these vapors accumulate indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When looking for a model, 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 continually gets redistributed by your residence’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This solution hooks to your comfort system to give mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New houses are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around for an extended amount of time because your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more details on which type is ideal for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In small concentrations, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in big levels.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working properly. This service allows our pros to pinpoint problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Davis Heating & Air Conditioning Specialists

Aware that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 540-369-3790 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the right solution for your needs and budget.