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

April 27, 2020

If you’re questioning whether your St. Louis home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common origins of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we suggest talking with a pro like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking a model, check that it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more information on which type is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our specialists suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of unfinished combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It causes an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in heavy amounts.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your system is running like it should. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating Professionals

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 314-262-4541 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you choose the ideal solution for your family and budget.