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

May 22, 2020

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

Bad indoor air quality can have an unfavorable effect on your well-being. That’s why it’s essential to know the signs of bad air quality in your home, what leads to it and how to fix it.

If you’re looking for ways to tell if your East Bernard home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort professionals at E.B. Air, LLC can help. We’ll review the problems you’re experiencing and give plans to make your house’s air fresher.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you think of pollution, you usually think of smog. But ordinary items in your residence can lead to pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These starting points include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby goods
  • Combustion appliances, for example a furnace or stove that uses gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Excessive moisture
  • HVAC units
  • Recently placed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Man-made building materials, such as furniture manufactured from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be worsened by not enough ventilation in your residence, as well as hot temperatures and humidity. Recently built homes are tightly sealed for energy efficiency, which is great for your utility bill but not so great when you need extra fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people react differently to indoor air pollutants, you could experience symptoms right away or later on. Your symptoms could alleviate when you leave your house but get worse when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate problems involve:

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

If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, their symptoms can be more severe.

Constant or long-term exposure can result in respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Symptoms of Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Make It Better

Your house will also give you some signs that its air isn’t as healthy as it needs to be.

  1. Your residence is extremely dusty, notably near the vents. It’s normal for your residence to get dusty over the week, but accumulation close to your air registers should be concerning. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, very much so if you have allergies or asthma. A higher-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help lower the concentration of dust and other aggravating pollutants.
  2. Your house has hot and cold rooms. Your HVAC system may be failing to maintain correct temperature and humidity amounts. Or there may be air distribution troubles because of your home comfort equipment or ductwork. Our E.B. Air, LLC specialists can pinpoint the issue and recommend repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air appears too dry or too wet. We suggest maintaining your house’s humidity levels near 30–40% for optimal comfort. If your home isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, your skin and throat might feel dry. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more frequently. If your home is too humid during hot temperatures, you could have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are detrimental to your wellness. You can fight these problems with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which pairs your heating and cooling system to deliver appropriate humidity across your house.
  4. Your home has lingering odors. You may detect a stuffy odor when you get home. Or a cooking smell that just won’t disperse. Since it’s not feasible to have your windows open all the time, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling pleasant again. It replaces stale inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other approaches the EPA suggests implementing include keeping your home smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and tuning up your home comfort unit. Regular furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your units clean and efficient and could even help them work for an extended period of time.

We Can Help Boost Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has an air quality issue, give our E.B. Air, LLC HVAC professionals a call at 979-335-4262 or contact us online. We’re ready to chat with you about possibilities and give you a free estimate.