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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 indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times worse 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 troubled by the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a specialist like McFadden Heating & Cooling about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help vapors disappear faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This solution connects with your HVAC unit to give strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment 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 substitutes 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 critical your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of 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 create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in big concentrations.

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

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

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

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

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