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

If you’re unsure whether your Rochester house has bad 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 residences may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest talking with a expert like Brogan Heating & AC Inc about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these fumes accumulate inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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 directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, ensure it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your residence’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This unit works with your comfort system to give powerful filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer residences are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a severe health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running like it should. This job allows our techs to see troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Brogan Heating & AC Inc Specialists

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 507-218-0088 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your family and budget.

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