Signs Your Home Has Low Indoor Air Quality and How to Repair It

May 22, 2020

We are indoors a lot. In fact, the EPA has calculated many people spend 90% of their time within a building, where air quality can be 2–5 times more polluted than outside.

Bad indoor air quality can have an adverse influence on your wellness. That’s why it’s essential to recognize the signs of poor air quality in your house, what triggers it and how to fix it.

If you want to know how you can tell if your Greensburg home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort professionals at Wallpe Heating & Cooling can assist you. We’ll go through the problems you’re experiencing and provide suggestions to make your house’s air fresher.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you think of pollution, you generally think of smog. But everyday products within your home can cause pollution by the gases or particles they let into the air.

These sources involve:

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

Indoor air pollution can be intensified by a lack of ventilation in your home, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Modern houses are securely sealed for energy savings, which is a plus for your heating and cooling bill but not so fantastic when you need more fresh air in your home.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people react differently to indoor air pollutants, you could have symptoms right away or later. Your symptoms could lessen when you leave your house but worsen when you return.

Some of the most common immediate issues include:

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

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

Repeated or lengthy exposure can result in respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Symptoms of Bad Indoor Air Quality and How to Fix It

Your house will also give you some signs that its air isn’t as healthy as it could be.

  1. Your house is excessively dusty, notably by the vents. It’s expected for your house to get dusty over the week, but accumulation by your air registers should be troubling. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can influence your health, particularly if you deal with allergies or asthma. A higher-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help lower the concentration of dust and other aggravating pollutants.
  2. Your residence has hot and cold rooms. Your heating and cooling unit could be struggling to maintain correct temperature and humidity levels. Or there could be air distribution issues due to your heating and cooling unit or ductwork. Our Wallpe Heating & Cooling professionals can diagnose the issue and suggest repairs or replacement.
  3. Your house’s air feels too dry or too wet. We recommend having your residence’s humidity range around 30–40% for optimum comfort. If your residence isn’t humid enough during cold weather, your skin and throat may feel itchy. You might also experience colds and other respiratory illnesses more frequently. If your home is too humid during hot temperatures, you could have higher mold and mildew growth, both of which are bad for your health. You can combat these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which partners your HVAC equipment to provide even humidity throughout your home.
  4. Your residence has odors that stick around. You may notice a stuffy smell when you come home. Or a cooking smell that just won’t disperse. Since it’s not possible to have your windows open all day, a whole-home ventilation system can get your residence smelling fresh again. It replaces stale inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other approaches the EPA recommends doing include keeping your residence smoke-free, adding carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your home comfort system. Regular furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your equipment clean and efficient and may even help them work for a longer amount of time.

We Can Help Enhance Your House’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has air quality trouble, give our Wallpe Heating & Cooling HVAC experts a call at 812-663-7252 or contact us online. We’re available to discuss possibilities and give you a free estimate.