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

If you’re unsure whether your Rochester residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary causes 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 residence, 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 vapors emitted from common 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 collect inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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 your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals disperse 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 one, ensure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This unit works with your heating and cooling system to give powerful filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your house is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. As 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 eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary 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 types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more details on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

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

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

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 serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big levels.

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

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor by bedrooms and living areas.

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

Know that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 507-218-0088 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the best option for your family and budget.

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