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

If you’re questioning whether your Genoa 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 can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we suggest talking with a specialist like Assured Appliance and Heating & Air about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by common household items.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help fumes dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking a model, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This solution works with your heating and cooling system to deliver powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your residence is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more details on which solution is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big levels.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running properly. This job allows our technicians to spot problems before they start, 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 must be on all floors by bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Assured Appliance and Heating & Air Specialists

Aware that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 847-306-8990 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your home and budget.

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