If you’re unsure whether your Frederick house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 residences could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources 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 recommend chatting with a specialist like May's Heating & Air about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by common household things.

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

  • 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 create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse 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 vapors disperse faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

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

Persistent Odors

New houses are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in a smaller amount of 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 better.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more details on which solution is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our specialists suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating smoothly. This service allows our pros to spot troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on all floors near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the May's Heating & Air Experts

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 301-690-0397 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your home and budget.