If you’re questioning whether your Rapid City residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a pro like Street Heating and Cooling about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by everyday household items.

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

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

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

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to give strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your residence is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways 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. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to break down harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which type is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

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

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It causes a severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating smoothly. This service allows our techs to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Street Heating and Cooling Pros

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 605-206-3915 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the right option for your home and budget.