We are often indoors. In fact, the EPA has calculated 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 a negative effect on your health. That’s why it’s important to identify the symptoms of bad air quality in your home, what causes it and how to fix it.
If you’re wondering how you can tell if your Reinholds home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort experts at County Line Mechanical LLC can help. We’ll go over the issues you’re having and give plans to make your residence’s air healthier.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
When you think of pollution, you typically think of smog. But everyday products in your home can produce pollution by the gases or particles they release into the air.
These origins include:
- Carbon monoxide
- Cleaning, personal care and hobby products
- Combustion appliances, for example a furnace or stove that consumes gas
- Dust, animal dander and pollen
- Excess moisture
- HVAC units
- Recently installed flooring or carpeting
- Secondhand smoke
- Artificial building materials, such as furniture made from pressed wood
Indoor air pollution can be intensified by not enough ventilation in your residence, as well as hot temperatures and humidity. Recently built homes are tightly sealed for energy savings, which is a plus for your heating and cooling costs but not so great when you have to have additional fresh air in your home.
Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?
Because people are affected differently by indoor air pollutants, you might develop symptoms now or later. Your symptoms could go away when you leave home but come back when you return.
Some of the most regular immediate problems deal with:
- Irritated eyes, nose or throat
If someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, their symptoms could be more severe.
Continuous or lengthy exposure could result in respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.
Other Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Make It Better
Your house will also indicate that its air isn’t as clean as it needs to be.
- Your house is very dusty, particularly near the vents. It’s expected for your house to get dusty during the week, but buildup near your air registers should be cause for concern. 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 reduce dust and other irritating pollutants.
- Your house has hot and cold spots. Your HVAC unit might be failing to maintain appropriate temperature and humidity amounts. Or there might be air distribution troubles due to your heating and cooling unit or ductwork. Our County Line Mechanical LLC specialists can pinpoint the issue and suggest repairs or replacement.
- Your home’s air appears too dry or too wet. We recommend keeping your house’s humidity levels around 30–40% for optimum comfort. If your house isn’t humid enough during cold temperatures, your skin and throat could feel dry. You might also have colds and other respiratory illnesses more regularly. If your house is too humid during the summer, you might have increased mold and mildew growth, both of which are detrimental to your health. You can fight these problems with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your heating and cooling system to give appropriate humidity across your residence.
- Your home has odors that won’t go away. You might detect a stuffy scent when you come home. Or a cooking scent that just won’t go away. Since it’s not possible to keep your windows open all the time, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling fresh again. It substitutes stale inside air with fresh outdoor air.
Other steps the EPA recommends implementing include keeping your residence smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and servicing your home comfort equipment. Regular furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your equipment clean and efficient and could even help them last longer.
We Can Help Enhance Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
If you think your residence has an air quality issue, give our County Line Mechanical LLC HVAC experts a call at 717-216-0846 or contact us online. We’re ready to chat with you about possibilities and give you a free estimate.