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

If you’re unsure whether your Macon residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. In fact, 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 may create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of inferior IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a professional like Air Temperature Control about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these vapors collect in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in 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 higher than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for a system, check that it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling unit to provide strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for an extended amount of time as your home is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more info on which type is right for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our techs recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in heavy levels.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working smoothly. This service allows our techs to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Air Temperature Control Experts

Aware that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 478-202-3170 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you locate the best option for your needs and budget.

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