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

If you’re questioning whether your Safford residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re inside 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 can result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the troubles 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 specialist like B&D Air Conditioning about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by everyday household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

  • 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 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for a system, make sure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This unit connects with your heating and cooling system to provide strong filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stay 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 year round isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more details on which type is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity stays steady. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider buying 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 product gives even humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working like it should. This work allows our professionals to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the B&D Air Conditioning Specialists

Know that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 928-432-6018 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the right option for your family and budget.

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