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

If you’re uncertain whether your Saint Marys house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re inside 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 lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a professional like Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning about which options are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular 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 in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, make sure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This unit works with your HVAC system to provide powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your home is drawing in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more info on which kind is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a serious health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating like it should. This service allows our pros to pinpoint issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning Professionals

Informed that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 912-208-2470 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your home and budget.

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