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

If you’re questioning whether your Pella residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a specialist like Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by everyday 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 indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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.

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

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This solution works with your heating and cooling unit to give strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for an extended amount of time as your house is drawing in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more details on which kind is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

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

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of insufficient combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses a severe health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running smoothly. This work allows our technicians to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence 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 Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating Pros

Informed that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 641-628-3621 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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