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How Can I Tell if My Homes Air Quality is Bad?

If you’re uncertain whether your Litchfield Park home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we suggest talking with a expert like Cooler Tymes LLC about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your heating and cooling system to give mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around longer as your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to break down harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our techs for more info on which type is ideal for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays balanced. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our techs advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in large levels.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating properly. This work allows our technicians to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors by bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Cooler Tymes LLC Specialists

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 623-208-6444 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your home and budget.

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