Signs Your Residence Has Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Repair It

May 22, 2020

We are indoors a lot. In fact, the EPA has found the majority of people spend 90% of their lives within a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times worse than outside.

Decreased indoor air quality can have a negative influence on your well-being. That’s why it’s important to be able to spot the symptoms of inferior air quality in your home, what causes it and how to fix it.

If you’re wondering how you can tell if your Muldrow home’s air quality is bad, our team of HVAC experts at Air Service Co. can help. We’ll review the problems you’re experiencing and provide strategies to make your house’s air better.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you picture pollution, you generally think of smog. But common items inside your home can create pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These sources involve:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby items
  • Combustion appliances, like a furnace or stove that uses gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC units
  • New flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Artificial building materials, such as furniture made from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be worsened by a lack of ventilation in your residence, as well as hot temperatures and humidity. Recently built houses are firmly sealed for energy savings, which is a plus for your utility expenses but not so fantastic when you require additional fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people are affected differently by indoor air pollutants, you could have symptoms right away or later. Your symptoms could lessen when you leave home but come back when you return.

Some of the most regular immediate symptoms include:

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

If someone in your family has allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be more severe.

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

Other Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Make It Better

Your residence will also indicate that its air isn’t as clean as it could be.

  1. Your home is extremely dusty, particularly close to the vents. It’s normal for your house to get dusty over the week, but accumulation near your air registers should be concerning. There are other substances within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can impact your health, very much so if you deal with allergies or asthma. A better-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help cut down on dust and other irritating pollutants.
  2. Your home has hot and cold rooms. Your home comfort system might be having difficulty maintaining proper temperature and humidity amounts. Or there may be air distribution troubles due to your home comfort system or ductwork. Our Air Service Co. pros can find the trouble and recommend repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air seems too dry or too wet. We advise having your home’s humidity range between 30–40% for optimum comfort. If your house isn’t humid enough during cold weather, your skin and throat could feel dry. You might also experience colds and other respiratory illnesses more often. If your house is too humid during the summer, you could have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are detrimental to your wellness. You can take care of these problems with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your home comfort equipment to provide even humidity across your home.
  4. Your home has odors that stick around. You might catch a musty smell when you come home. Or a cooking smell that just won’t dissipate. Since it’s not practical to open your windows all day, a whole-home ventilation system can get your residence smelling good again. It substitutes stale inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other approaches the EPA advises implementing include keeping your home smoke-free, getting carbon monoxide alarms and tuning up your home comfort system. Routine furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your units clean and efficient and might even help them run longer.

We Can Help Boost Your Residence’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has air quality trouble, give our Air Service Co. HVAC experts a call at 918-212-8943 or contact us online. We’re ready to discuss solutions and give you a free estimate.