Signs Your House Has Bad Indoor Air Quality and How to Repair It

May 22, 2020

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

Poor indoor air quality can have a negative influence on your health. That’s why it’s important to be able to spot the symptoms of poor air quality in your residence, what causes it and how to take care of it.

If you’re looking for ways to tell if your Kutztown home’s air quality is bad, our team of heating and cooling professionals at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help. We’ll go over the troubles you’re experiencing and provide strategies to make your home’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you envision pollution, you usually think of smog. But ordinary things inside your house can create pollution by the gases or particles they leak into the air.

These origins involve:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby goods
  • Combustion appliances, such as a furnace or stove that runs on gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Excessive moisture
  • HVAC systems
  • Recently installed flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Artificial building materials, including furniture manufactured from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be intensified by insufficient ventilation in your residence, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Recently built houses are securely sealed for energy savings, which is great for your heating and cooling costs but not so great when you require extra fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people are affected differently by indoor air pollutants, you may develop symptoms now or in the future. Your symptoms may alleviate when you leave your house but come back when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate symptoms involve:

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

If someone in your family has allergies or asthma, their symptoms might be worse.

Constant or lengthy exposure could lead to respiratory diseases, heart disease or even cancer, the EPA warns.

Other Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality and How to Make It Better

Your home will also signal that its air isn’t as clean as it could be.

  1. Your house is very dusty, especially near the vents. It’s normal for your residence to get dusty during the week, but accumulation around your air registers should be concerning. There are other things within dust, like dust mites, pollen and pet dander, that can affect your health, very much so if you have allergies or asthma. A higher-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help cut down on dust and other annoying pollutants.
  2. Your house has hot and cold areas. Your home comfort unit could be struggling to maintain proper temperature and humidity amounts. Or there may be air distribution problems as a result of your HVAC unit or ductwork. Our Moyer Total Indoor Comfort professionals can pinpoint the trouble and advise repairs or replacement.
  3. Your home’s air seems too dry or too wet. We recommend having your home’s humidity range around 30–40% for optimal comfort. If your residence isn’t humid enough during cold weather, your skin and throat may feel itchy. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more often. If your house is too humid during warm weather, you might have more mold and mildew growth, both of which are bad for your well-being. You can combat these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which works with your HVAC unit to give even humidity across your house.
  4. Your house has odors that stick around. You could detect a musty scent when you get home. Or a cooking scent that just won’t dissipate. Since it’s not practical to open your windows all the time, a whole-home ventilation system can get your home smelling good again. It exchanges musty inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other steps the EPA suggests implementing include keeping your house smoke-free, adding carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your heating and cooling equipment. Annual furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your systems clean and efficient and might even help them last longer.

We Can Help Boost Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you suspect your house has an air quality issue, give our Moyer Total Indoor Comfort HVAC experts a call at 484-646-3363 or contact us online. We’re ready to talk with you about options and provide a free estimate.