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

If you’re uncertain whether your Marshfield house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 more polluted than outdoors, which might result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a professional like House of Heating Incorporated about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure it’s specifically made 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 system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

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

Lingering Odors

Modern residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer as your residence is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more information on which solution is ideal for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a severe health risk. In low concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running properly. This job allows our techs to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the House of Heating Incorporated Experts

Informed that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 715-384-3163 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

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