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

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your Buellton residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 homes can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest consulting with a specialist like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from 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 chemicals collect indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, 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 constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit works with your comfort equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your house is drawing in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our pros for more details on which kind is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our technicians advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In low concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is working properly. This work allows our specialists to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Know that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 805-242-9638 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the ideal equipment for your home and budget.