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

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Bad 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 options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from common household products.

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

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

When these fumes collect indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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 guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This equipment works with your HVAC unit to deliver mighty filtration. Some types have 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 very good 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 all year round isn’t a possibility, 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. These units can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating 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 kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which type is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your house’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 about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity throughout your house.

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 severe health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating properly. This service allows our techs to see troubles before they get bigger, 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 should be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance 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 right for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 361-214-1203 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your family and budget.

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