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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Pocatello home has unhealthy 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 residences can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of bad IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a expert like Vogts Heating & Air about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household items.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these vapors build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also cause 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 worse than the air outside.

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

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

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

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your home is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our techs for more info on which type is right for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives balanced humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in big levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running smoothly. This service allows our technicians to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Vogts Heating & Air Pros

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 208-621-0129 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your family and budget.