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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Gresham home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

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

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we recommend chatting with a professional like Honke Heating & AC about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for a system, check that it’s specifically made to wipe out 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 routinely and install a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to give mighty filtration. Some models offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer since your residence is taking 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 neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more information on which solution is best for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

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

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

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers balanced humidity across 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 causes a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating like it should. This work allows our professionals to spot problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors by bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Honke Heating & AC Professionals

Informed that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 503-663-8033 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your family and budget.