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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Keokuk home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a professional like WM J Kraus & Son about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular household things.

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 indoors, they might 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 fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When seeking one, ensure 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 constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment works with your comfort equipment to give strong filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer because your residence is pulling in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more information on which type is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

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

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in large concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working like it should. This work allows our pros to see troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the WM J Kraus & Son Professionals

Informed that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 319-229-2318 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your family and budget.