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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your New Castle residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 residences can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common 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 home, we suggest talking with a specialist like Central Heating & Plumbing about which solutions are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help vapors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When seeking one, check that it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your HVAC unit to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around longer since your home is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more info on which kind is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating smoothly. This service allows our technicians to pinpoint issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Central Heating & Plumbing Professionals

Aware that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 724-401-1843 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your home and budget.