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

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary causes 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 advise 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 leaked 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 vapors build up indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling system to provide mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

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

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

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

Unbalanced Humidity

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

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses 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 suggest regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating like it should. This job allows our technicians to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach 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 approachable 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 equipment for your family and budget.

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