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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 in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the issues they make 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 products 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 collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. 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 redistributed by your residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution hooks to your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time as your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more info on which kind is ideal for your house.

Unsteady 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 equipment.

Rather than having to pull 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 occurs when there’s unfinished combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a serious health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is working properly. This service allows our pros to see problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

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

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts 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 family and budget.

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