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

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

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of bad IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix 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 released by common household products.

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

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

When these vapors build up inside, 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 location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

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

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When hunting for a system, make sure 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 moved by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your comfort unit to deliver strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern residences are closely 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 as your residence is drawing 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 cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working like it should. This service allows our specialists to discover troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance 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 solution is best for you? Give our approachable 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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