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

May 22, 2020

We are often indoors. In fact, the EPA has calculated the majority of people spend 90% of their day inside a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times poorer than outside.

Poor indoor air quality can have an adverse influence on your health. That’s why it’s critical to know the warnings of inferior air quality in your house, what triggers it and how to take care of it.

If you’re looking for ways to tell if your Tomball home’s air quality is bad, our team of HVAC pros at Premium Air Services LLC can help. We’ll review the problems you’re having and give suggestions to make your home’s air better.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you picture pollution, you typically think of smog. But everyday things within your home can lead to pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These origins include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby items
  • Combustion appliances, for example a furnace or stove that consumes gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Too much moisture
  • HVAC equipment
  • Recently placed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Artificial building materials, like furniture manufactured from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be exacerbated by not enough ventilation in your home, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Recently built homes are tightly sealed for energy savings, which is good for your heating and cooling expenses but not so great when you require more fresh air in your home.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people respond differently to indoor air pollutants, you might have symptoms now or later. Your symptoms may go away when you leave home but get worse when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate issues include:

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

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

Constant or extended exposure can lead to 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 clean as it could be.

  1. Your residence is excessively dusty, especially near the vents. It’s expected for your house to get dusty in a week’s time, but accumulation around your air registers should be concerning. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can impact 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 aggravating pollutants.
  2. Your home has hot and cold rooms. Your home comfort equipment could be having difficulty maintaining correct temperature and humidity levels. Or there may be air distribution troubles because of your heating and cooling system or ductwork. Our Premium Air Services LLC pros can diagnose the problem and advise repairs or replacement.
  3. Your home’s air appears too dry or too wet. We recommend keeping your house’s humidity levels between 30–40% for optimal comfort. If your house isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, 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 could have more mold and mildew growth, both of which are bad for your health. You can combat these troubles with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which works with your heating and cooling system to provide appropriate humidity throughout your house.
  4. Your residence has odors that stick around. You could catch a stuffy smell when you come home. Or a cooking odor that just won’t go away. Since it’s not possible to have your windows open 24/7, a whole-home ventilation system can get your residence smelling pleasant again. It exchanges musty inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA advises taking include keeping your house smoke-free, getting carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your home comfort unit. Annual furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your equipment clean and efficient and can even help them last for a longer amount of time.

We Can Help Improve Your House’s Indoor Air Quality

If you think your residence has air quality trouble, give our Premium Air Services LLC HVAC professionals a call at 713-364-9957 or contact us online. We’re here to chat with you about options and give you a free estimate.