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

April 27, 2020

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend consulting with a professional like Garoken Energy Co. Inc. about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these fumes collect indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help odors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer since your residence is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more details on which solution is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our experts advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in big concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is working like it should. This work allows our pros to discover problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Garoken Energy Co. Inc. Specialists

Informed that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 503-374-1934 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you choose the ideal solution for your family and budget.