change your furnace filter

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

If you’re uncertain whether your Macon house has poor 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 homes could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve made 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 consulting with a professional like Air Temperature Control about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help odors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for a system, check that it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This unit hooks to your comfort unit to provide strong filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time as your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of 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 kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more details on which type is right for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our techs recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity throughout your house.

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 poses an extreme health risk. In little concentrations, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is operating smoothly. This service allows our pros to pinpoint troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Air Temperature Control Experts

Aware 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 kind HVAC specialists a call at 478-202-3170 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your needs and budget.

Back To Blog