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

May 22, 2020

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

Poor indoor air quality can have an unfavorable effect on your health. That’s why it’s essential to know the symptoms of poor air quality in your home, what triggers it and how to repair it.

If you want to know how you can tell if your Manassas home’s air quality is bad, our team of home comfort professionals at Woody's Sudden Service Inc can provide assistance. We’ll go through the issues you’re running into and offer plans to make your residence’s air cleaner.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

When you envision pollution, you generally think of smog. But common things inside your residence can produce pollution by the gases or particles they release into the air.

These sources include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cleaning, personal care and hobby items
  • Combustion appliances, for example a furnace or stove that consumes gas
  • Dust, animal dander and pollen
  • Excess moisture
  • HVAC systems
  • New flooring or carpeting
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Man-made building materials, like furniture constructed from pressed wood

Indoor air pollution can be worsened by not enough ventilation in your house, as well as warm temperatures and humidity. Modern residences are firmly sealed for energy efficiency, which is good for your utility expenses but not so fantastic when you have to have extra fresh air indoors.

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Make You Sick?

Because people respond differently to indoor air pollutants, you might have symptoms now or in the future. Your symptoms may lessen when you leave home but worsen when you return.

Some of the most usual immediate issues include:

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

If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, their symptoms might be more severe.

Continuous or long-term exposure can 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 home will also indicate that its air isn’t as fresh as it should be.

  1. Your house is extremely dusty, especially by the vents. It’s normal for your house to get dusty during the week, but buildup around 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, particularly if you have allergies or asthma. A higher-quality air filter or whole-home air filtration system can help reduce dust and other irritating pollutants.
  2. Your home has hot and cold spots. Your heating and cooling unit might be struggling to maintain proper temperature and humidity levels. Or there might be air distribution problems due to your HVAC system or ductwork. Our Woody's Sudden Service Inc pros can locate the issue and advise repairs or replacement.
  3. Your residence’s air seems too dry or too wet. We advise maintaining your house’s humidity percentage near 30–40% for ideal comfort. If your home isn’t humid enough during the winter, your skin and throat might feel itchy. You might also battle colds and other respiratory illnesses more often. If your home is too humid during warm weather, you could have more mold and mildew growth, both of which are harmful to your well-being. You can fight these issues with a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier, which works with your HVAC equipment to give balanced humidity across your home.
  4. Your residence has lingering odors. You may notice a stale smell when you come home. Or a cooking scent that just won’t dissipate. Since it’s not practical to have your windows open 24/7, a whole-home ventilation system can get your house smelling fresh again. It exchanges musty inside air with fresh outdoor air.

Other approaches the EPA recommends doing include keeping your house smoke-free, buying carbon monoxide alarms and maintaining your home comfort system. Annual furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps keep your equipment clean and efficient and might even help them last longer.

We Can Help Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you think your residence has an air quality problem, give our Woody's Sudden Service Inc HVAC specialists a call at 703-278-2036 or contact us online. We’re here to discuss possibilities and provide a free estimate.