The Causes of Poor Home Air Quality in Your Home & How to Combat It

Posted - March 31, 2022
How to Combat Poor Air Quality in Your Home

When systems like your HVAC or insulation are brought up in professional conversations, the term “air quality” typically enters the mix. While most homeowners may believe that their home is safe from pollutants that can have a negative impact on their lives, we’re here to say that home air quality truly matters.

It’s not just a buzz term, it’s something that we believe every homeowner should take seriously. Poor air quality results in an overall reduction in a person’s quality of life; and unfortunately, it’s the seemingly harmless contaminants that can cause health issues.

What is the Greatest Threat to Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality is extremely delicate, and something even 1 millionth of a meter (in enough excess) could lead to drastic deterioration of the quality of air your family breathes. While most people instantly turn to cleaning out their vents to protect themselves from poor air quality, the truth is that the majority of the air you breathe in your home comes from the crawlspace, which can easily become contaminated. Therefore, if your crawlspace environment is dirty, the quality of the air you breathe is likely affected.

3 Main Causes of Poor Home Air Quality:

Particles

This includes pet hair, dander, dust, and any outside debris that gets shot through an air duct system.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds are harmful and potentially toxic particulates like smoke, vapors, paint fumes, and household cleaning products.

Biological Contaminants

Biological contaminants are naturally occurring toxins like fungus, mold spores, and asbestos.

What are the Biggest Effects of Poor Air Quality in Your Home?

All of the above mentioned contaminants contribute to several negative factors for those living in a home impacted by them. What’s bad about poor air quality is that so many people seem to “adjust” to breathing in dirty air, and don’t notice the repercussions until the damage has already been done.

Aggravated Cardiovascular and Respiratory Issues

As air becomes more polluted in a home, a person’s lungs have to work harder to provide oxygen to the body. Along with the lungs a person’s heart has to work harder to push oxygen through the body.

When this happens, people living with pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions are at severe risk of asthma attacks, respiratory failure, stroke, and heart attacks.

Developed Diseases

Chronically poor air quality, especially involving mold spores and exposure to chemicals, can lead to debilitating diseases and other serious health conditions.

Some of the most severe and permanent diseases that can develop due to poor air quality are:

  • Pregnancy loss
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Heart Conditions

How Can You Improve Your Home’s Air Quality?

The first step to avoiding the issues that come with poor air quality is determining that you have poor air quality. Most people don’t have the equipment to perform such tests or don’t know what to look for in a damaged insulation or air duct system.

The team of Advanced Home Comfort can perform a thorough home health inspection that points out the flaws in any of your essential systems.

From there, we can perform any necessary HVAC maintenance, repairs, or replacements at the most competitive rates in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Schedule a Home Health Inspection Today, With Advanced Home Comfort

If you are ready to breathe easier this spring the team at Advanced Home Comfort is ready to help! We take a holistic approach to home care, and offer comprehensive solutions focused on creating better home environments.

Contact us today to schedule your home health inspection or any system repairs you know you need!