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

If you’re unsure whether your Alice house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which might result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a professional like Rescue Heating & Air about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes 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 vapors build up in your home, 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 area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure 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 recirculated by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment works with your HVAC system to give powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer because your home is drawing in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which kind is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large levels.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is working smoothly. This work allows our professionals to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on all floors by bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Rescue Heating & Air Professionals

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 361-265-4371 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the right solution for your family and budget.

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