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

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

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, 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 problems.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of poor IAQ, the issues 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 options are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released 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 collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help vapors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, check that it’s specifically designed 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 install a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

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

Lingering Odors

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

Musty odors can stick around longer as your residence is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household 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 exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more information on which solution is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives even humidity around your house.

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 serious health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating like it should. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? 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 right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the best solution for your home and budget.

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