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

If you’re unsure whether your West Jefferson home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of bad 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 house, we recommend chatting with a expert like West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from 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 build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, check that 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 constantly gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your home is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more information on which type is best for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays steady. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product provides consistent humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is working like it should. This work allows our techs to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Specialists

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 614-450-1575 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your home and budget.

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