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

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a specialist like Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC about which options are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked 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 chemicals accumulate indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home 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 your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This system works with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, check that it’s specifically created 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 moved by your residence’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit connects with your comfort system to give mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New 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.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging 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 stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more info on which kind is best for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating like it should. This service allows our techs to find problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC Specialists

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 513-268-5164 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your home and budget.

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