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

If you’re questioning whether your Hickory residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In 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 may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise talking with a expert like Climate Control Systems about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This system works with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment connects with your HVAC equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stale odors can hang around longer because your residence is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more info on which solution is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our technicians recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating smoothly. This service allows our specialists to see issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Climate Control Systems Professionals

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 828-283-0369 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the best equipment for your family and budget.

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