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

If you’re questioning whether your Florissant house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, 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 can lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary causes of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we advise consulting with a specialist like B & B Heating & Cooling about which solutions are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to provide mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

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

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Find 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 musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which type is right for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

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

Our techs recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big levels.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is working like it should. This job allows our technicians to find problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on every floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the B & B Heating & Cooling Professionals

Know that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 314-325-7552 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your home and budget.

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