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

If you’re uncertain whether your Dresden home has poor 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 houses could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise talking with a specialist like McFadden Heating & Cooling about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from common household products.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for a system, ensure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your home’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

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

Lasting Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time as your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more info on which type is best for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

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

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is working like it should. This service allows our pros to find issues before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the McFadden Heating & Cooling Experts

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 1-866-781-0111 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your family and budget.

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