If you’re unsure whether your Ames house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we recommend chatting with a professional like Haselhoff Air Solutions about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to provide mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your house is pulling in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our pros suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating like it should. This work allows our pros to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Haselhoff Air Solutions Specialists

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 515-450-8739 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the right equipment for your family and budget.