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

If you’re uncertain whether your Kingsville home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

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

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a expert like Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from 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 indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your home’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment works with your HVAC unit to give mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stick around longer since your house is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

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

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

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

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a serious health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is working like it should. This service allows our pros to find issues before they begin, 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 should be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC Experts

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 361-214-1203 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your home and budget.

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