3 Common Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Evidence of poor air quality isn’t always obvious. You may not know if your indoor air is polluted or unhealthy. Here are some of the most common signs the air quality at your home or business could be improved.
1. Excess Dust
Are you struggling to keep your home or business clean, even with regular dusting? Indoor air quality and HVAC systems go hand-in-hand. If filters are dirty or clogged, pollutants may circulate more easily. Keep filters changed regularly to minimize dust buildup. Upgrading your filters or adding a whole-home filtration system can help allergy and asthma sufferers breathe more easily.
2. Frequent Discomfort
Indoor air quality is about more than cleanliness. It can affect temperature and humidity as well. You may struggle to keep comfortable even when your heating and cooling system is working normally. A whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier can address these problems. Keeping your home’s humidity in check can help you stay more comfortable at an energy-efficient temperature.
3. Unpleasant Odors
Modern construction is tightly sealed to stop air from escaping. This makes odors more difficult to remove, especially ones produced during cooking or cleaning. Chemical odors in particular can cause dizziness, headaches and respiratory irritation.
Improving airflow is typically the best solution. Sometimes that can be accomplished by simply opening a window, but that’s less than ideal during Minnseota’s cold winter months. A ventilation system can help by bringing in outdoor air, while a whole-home air filtration system or HEPA air filtration system can eliminate lingering odors.
How We Improve Home Indoor Air Quality
Ditter uses several indoor air quality solutions and strategies. One of them includes indoor air quality testing to help you keep your indoor air as clean and healthy as possible. We may recommend specialized equipment or the performance of routine tasks. You can always trust our advice to be in your best interest.
This begins by placing an AirAdvice® IAQ Monitor in your home for a few days to detect:
- Certain odors and chemicals, like volatile organic compounds
- Temperature and humidity
- Carbon monoxide
This test provides us with a comprehensive report on indoor air quality issues in your home. From there, we may suggest adding some of the following equipment to improve indoor air quality in your home.
Air Purification Systems
Air filters can only remove so much dust and other particulates from indoor air. A dedicated air purification system goes even further. These home air purification systems are placed within your ductwork and offers outstanding air purification. Depending on the model, it may use a HEPA filtration system and/or charcoal filters to trap harmful pollutants and odors.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Single-room humidifiers and dehumidifiers are inefficient. Installing a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier will help you balance comfort all over your house. During the winter, automatic humidifiers can run independently of your furnace to keep moisture levels just right. And in the summer, whole-home dehumidifiers can help keep your home cooler and drier.
UV Germicidal Lamps
You may be surprised to learn that UV light can disinfect indoor air before it circulates through your ductwork. A UV germicidal lamp can wipe out common irritants, like mold and allergens, and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Keeping your windows open year-round isn’t feasible in Minnesota. That’s why there are advanced ventilation systems that exhaust stale indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air. Some systems can also help you retain more heat or eliminate excess humidity.