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

April 27, 2020

If you’re unsure whether your Long Beach house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a pro like YES R&M Inc. about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from regular household products.

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

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to 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 greater than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help fumes dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your comfort unit to deliver powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer because your home is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and replaces 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.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating properly. This work allows our techs to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the YES R&M Inc. Specialists

Know that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 562-286-6624 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your needs and budget.