If you’re unsure whether your Milwaukee residence has unhealthy 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 houses could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of bad IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a expert like Done Right Air about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by common household products.

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

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

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

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

Air purification systems can also help. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous 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 takes out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more information on which type is ideal for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our pros suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced 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 equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a severe health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating smoothly. This service allows our professionals to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Done Right Air Specialists

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 414-207-4034 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the right equipment for your needs and budget.