Signs Your House Has Bad Indoor Air Quality and How to Fix It

May 22, 2020

We spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, the EPA has found many people spend 90% of their time indoors a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times poorer than outside.

Poor indoor air quality can have a negative influence on your well-being. That’s why it’s critical to know the symptoms of bad air quality in your house, what leads to it and how to fix it.

If you’re wondering how you can tell if your Safford home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort pros at B&D Air Conditioning can help. We’ll go through the issues you’re experiencing and offer ideas to make your house’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you think of pollution, you typically think of smog. But ordinary items within your house can produce pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These starting points include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby items
  • Combustion appliances, for example a furnace or stove that uses gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC systems
  • Recently installed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Synthetic building materials, including furniture made from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be worsened by a lack of ventilation in your home, as well as hot temperatures and humidity. Modern homes are securely sealed for energy savings, which is great for your energy expenses but not so great when you have to have more fresh air in your home.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people react differently to indoor air pollutants, you may develop symptoms right away or later. Your symptoms can alleviate when you leave your house but come back when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate symptoms involve:

  • Irritated eyes, nose or throat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

If someone in your home has allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be worse.

Repeated or extended exposure may result in respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Indications of Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Fix It

Your residence will also give you some signs that its air isn’t as clean as it should be.

  1. Your residence is excessively dusty, especially by the vents. It’s expected for your residence to get dusty in a week’s time, but buildup around your air registers should be cause for concern. There are other particles within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, very much so if you struggle with allergies or asthma. A higher-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help lower the concentration of dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your residence has hot and cold rooms. Your home comfort unit might be having difficulty maintaining correct temperature and humidity percentages. Or there could be air distribution problems due to your heating and cooling equipment or ductwork. Our B&D Air Conditioning pros can locate the issue and recommend repairs or replacement.
  3. Your house’s air appears too dry or too wet. We advise keeping your home’s humidity percentage near 30–40% for ideal comfort. If your home isn’t humid enough during the winter, your skin and throat can feel scratchy. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more often. If your home is too humid during hot temperatures, you may have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are bad for your wellness. You can fight these problems with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your heating and cooling equipment to deliver even humidity throughout your home.
  4. Your home has odors that won’t go away. You could catch a musty smell when you get home. Or a cooking scent that just won’t dissipate. Since it’s not feasible to keep your windows open all day, a whole-home ventilation system can get your home smelling pleasant again. It exchanges stuffy inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA advises doing include keeping your house smoke-free, adding carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your HVAC system. Regular furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your units clean and efficient and could even help them last for a greater amount of time.

We Can Help Boost Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you think your residence has an air quality issue, give our B&D Air Conditioning HVAC professionals a call at 928-432-6018 or contact us online. We’re here to discuss solutions and give you a free estimate.