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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re indoors 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 can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a professional like Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc. about which solutions are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household items.

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

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

When these vapors build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking one, ensure 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 home’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This unit hooks to your HVAC unit to give mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more details on which kind is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our techs suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in big amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is working like it should. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc. Pros

Aware that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 740-474-5940 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your home and budget.

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