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

If you’re uncertain whether your Grove City home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 homes can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we advise consulting with a expert like Air Quality Solutions about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate indoors, 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 greater than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When seeking one, 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 continuously gets redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling unit to deliver strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New residences are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for an extended amount of time because your residence is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which kind is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers consistent humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy levels.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating smoothly. This work allows our techs to find troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Air Quality Solutions Experts

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 614-871-4144 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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