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

April 27, 2020

If you’re uncertain whether your Saint Petersburg residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a pro like Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc about which solutions 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 vapors collect in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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 outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, 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 constantly gets redistributed by your home’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your HVAC equipment to provide powerful filtration. Some types provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New residences are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since 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 installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more info on which solution is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is running smoothly. This service allows our pros to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on each floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc Specialists

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 727-369-6195 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the right equipment for your needs and budget.