Signs Your Residence Has Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Restore It

May 22, 2020

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

Bad indoor air quality can have a negative influence on your health. That’s why it’s essential to be able to spot the warnings of poor 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 Haines City home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort experts at Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. can help. We’ll go through the problems you’re experiencing and offer strategies to make your residence’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you think of pollution, you usually think of smog. But common items within your house can lead to pollution by the gases or particles they leak into the air.

These origins include:

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

Indoor air pollution can be exacerbated by insufficient ventilation in your home, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Recently built houses are securely sealed for energy savings, which is great for your utility expenses but not so good when you need additional fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people react differently to indoor air pollutants, you may develop symptoms right away or later. Your symptoms could go away when you leave home but worsen when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate problems include:

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

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

Continuous or prolonged exposure could result in respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Signs 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 fresh as it needs to be.

  1. Your home is very dusty, especially around the vents. It’s common for your home to get dusty in a week’s time, but accumulation close to your air registers should be cause for concern. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, especially if you struggle with allergies or asthma. A better-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help lower the concentration of dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your home has hot and cold spots. Your heating and cooling system may be failing to maintain appropriate temperature and humidity amounts. Or there may be air distribution issues as a result of your home comfort unit or ductwork. Our Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. pros can locate the issue and recommend repairs or replacement.
  3. Your home’s air appears too dry or too wet. We recommend having your residence’s humidity range near 30–40% for ideal comfort. If your house isn’t humid enough during cold weather, your skin and throat can feel dry. You might also have colds and other respiratory illnesses more often. If your house is too humid during hot temperatures, you may have increased mold and mildew growth, both of which are detrimental to your wellness. You can fight these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your home comfort equipment to provide even humidity around your house.
  4. Your residence has odors that won’t go away. You could detect a stale scent when you come home. Or a cooking scent that just won’t go away. Since it’s not practical to open your windows all day, a whole-home ventilation system can get your residence smelling pleasant again. It substitutes stale inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA advises doing include keeping your residence smoke-free, adding carbon monoxide alarms and tuning up your home comfort equipment. Annual furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your systems clean and efficient and can even help them last for an extended period of time.

We Can Help Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has an air quality problem, give our Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. HVAC experts a call at 863-216-2923 or contact us online. We’re ready to talk with you about options and offer a free estimate.