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

If you’re uncertain whether your Perry home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re in a building 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 could result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources 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 chatting with a pro like Gillman Heating and Air about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by regular household things.

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

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When seeking a model, ensure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets redistributed by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling system to provide mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer because your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more information on which solution is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a severe health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in large levels.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating like it should. This job allows our professionals to discover problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Gillman Heating and Air Experts

Aware that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 478-202-3076 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the best option for your needs and budget.

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