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

If you’re uncertain whether your Waterloo home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we recommend consulting with a expert like Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When looking for a model, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment works with your comfort system to give strong filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer because your house is pulling in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more details on which solution is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running like it should. This work allows our techs to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd Experts

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 519-664-0600 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the right option for your family and budget.

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