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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Dayton house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we recommend talking with a specialist like Jent Mechanical LLC about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these fumes collect in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your comfort unit to give powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around longer since your residence is taking in a smaller amount of 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 HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more information on which kind is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In small concentrations, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in big concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is operating like it should. This work allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Jent Mechanical LLC Pros

Informed that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 937-845-1111 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the right option for your family and budget.