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

April 27, 2020

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

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 homes can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a specialist like J.L. Brady Company LLC about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This solution works with your comfort equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for an extended amount of time as your residence is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more info on which solution is best for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives 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 produces an extreme health risk. In little concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy concentrations.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating properly. This work allows our techs to pinpoint troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the J.L. Brady Company LLC Professionals

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 309-517-7511 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the best solution for your home and budget.