Common Indoor Air Quality Issues

Posted On: June 30, 2021

According to the EPA, indoor levels of pollutants are often significantly higher than outdoor levels. And, most homes have at least one air quality problem, ranging from temperature and humidity issues to particle allergens, chemical pollutants and elevated carbon dioxide levels.

Causes of Indoor Air Quality Issues

Brought on by everyday activities like cooking and cleaning, indoor air pollutants can put you and your family at risk, while generally making for a less comfortable, less efficient home. For instance, carbon dioxide levels in today’s “tight,” energy-efficient residences can quietly climb above 1,000 parts per million. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many common household products such as cleaners, dry-cleaned clothing, ink-jet printers, pesticides and air fresheners can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, cause difficulty breathing and nausea, and damage the central nervous system as well as other organs according to Lung.org.

How Do I Improve My Home’s Air Quality?

Fortunately, there are a number of products on the market that are designed to enhance and improve indoor air quality through filtration, ventilation and humidity control. Many of these products can be installed by Short Pump Heating & Air. When you consider that Americans on average spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors according to the EPA, it’s easy to see why indoor air quality products can be an attractive addition to people’s homes.

Common Indoor Air Quality Issues and Solutions

Here’s a look at some common indoor air quality issues and products that can provide a solution:

ISSUE: INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

  • Pollen and mold spores enter through doors and windows
  • Bacteria and viruses can linger in your air
  • Fine dust particles get kicked up from floors and furniture
  • Dander and hair fall from pets

SOLUTION: AIR PURIFIER

ISSUE: DRY INDOOR AIR

  • Dry nasal passages
  • Discomfort of dry, itchy skin
  • Annoying static shocks

SOLUTION: HUMIDIFIER

ISSUE: EXCESSIVE HUMIDITY

  • Airborne irritants such as dust mites and mold
  • Warping or structural damage to wood flooring or home furnishings

SOLUTION: DEHUMIDIFIER

ISSUE: POOR AIR QUALITY

  • Stale air
  • Higher than average utility costs
  • Pollutants from carpet off-gassing, paint, household chemicals

SOLUTION: AIR VENTILATOR

ISSUE: CONTAMINANTS INSIDE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM CAN BECOME AIRBORNE

  • Mold spores inside the cooling coil
  • Bacteria and fungi inside the cooling coil
  • Contaminants can become airborne and circulate through your HVAC system

SOLUTION: UV LIGHTS

ISSUE: AIRBORNE IRRITANTS TRAPPED WITHIN THE HOME

  • Dust, dirt, pollen and more circulated through heating and cooling vents
  • Polluted indoor air
  • Damage to home furnishings
  • Reduced performance of home comfort systems

SOLUTION: AIR FILTRATION

For more information on your home’s indoor air quality, call the experts at 804-364-9040!

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