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

If you’re uncertain whether your East Bernard house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent 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 chatting with a professional like E.B. Air, LLC about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these chemicals accumulate indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment works with your HVAC system to give powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer as your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones 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 types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which kind is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about 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 equipment delivers even humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in large concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating properly. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the E.B. Air, LLC Specialists

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 979-335-4262 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you find the best solution for your family and budget.

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