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

If you’re unsure whether your Abilene home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re inside 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 may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest talking with a pro like Abilene Air-Tech Inc about which products are ideal 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 as well as:

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

When these vapors build up inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help chemicals disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, make sure it’s specifically made 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 recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution works with your heating and cooling unit to give mighty filtration. Some models have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is drawing in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more details on which type is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers balanced humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in big amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating smoothly. This service allows our pros to discover troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Abilene Air-Tech Inc Professionals

Informed that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 325-200-4667 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your family and budget.

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