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

If you’re unsure whether your Plover house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we recommend chatting with a pro like Point Heating & Cooling about which products are a good fit 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 as well as:

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

When these fumes collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to enhance 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 constantly gets redistributed by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your comfort system to provide strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our pros for more info on which solution is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity stays steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives consistent humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of unfinished combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a serious health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is running properly. This work allows our specialists to discover issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Point Heating & Cooling Experts

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 715-504-0533 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you choose the right option for your needs and budget.

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