If you’re uncertain whether your Houston house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

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

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a expert like Air Current AC & Heat about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes accumulate in your home, they might 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 outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help vapors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more information on which type is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

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

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity around 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 presents a serious health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in heavy levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating properly. This service allows our professionals to spot issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Air Current AC & Heat Experts

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 713-322-4318 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you locate the right equipment for your home and budget.