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

If you’re questioning whether your Alliance residence has unhealthy 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 homes may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of inferior IAQ, the issues they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a expert like Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces about which solutions are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by regular household products.

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

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

When these fumes build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system works with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, 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 house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer because your residence is pulling in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more details on which kind is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity remains steady. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating properly. This service allows our specialists to spot issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces Specialists

Know that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 308-646-3827 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the best option for your needs and budget.

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