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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent origins of bad IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we suggest consulting with a expert like HCE Systems Inc about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home 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.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This system partners with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When hunting for a model, check that it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit works with your comfort unit to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New houses are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two methods 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 ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more details on which kind is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running smoothly. This work allows our professionals to discover issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the HCE Systems Inc Professionals

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 276-302-0076 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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