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

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your Northglenn home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent origins of inferior IAQ, the issues they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we recommend chatting with a professional like Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals 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 chemicals accumulate inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When seeking a model, make sure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to give mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stuffy odors can hang around longer because your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which type is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our specialists suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating like it should. This job allows our technicians to discover troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Specialists

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 303-452-4146 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you choose the best option for your family and budget.