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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the issues they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a pro like Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning about which solutions are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by everyday 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 build up inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help odors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When seeking one, check that it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment connects with your HVAC system to give mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer because your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more details on which solution is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In small concentrations, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in large concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working smoothly. This service allows our technicians to spot issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning Pros

Informed that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 601-736-7362 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the ideal solution for your home and budget.

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