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

If you’re unsure whether your Abilene home has bad 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 can result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest talking with a pro like Abilene Air-Tech Inc about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released 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 fumes build up in your home, 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 worse than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure 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 securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out 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 household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

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

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives balanced humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is working smoothly. This service allows our techs to discover issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living areas.

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

Informed that your residence 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 pros a call at 325-200-4667 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you find the best option for your family and budget.

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