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

If you’re questioning whether your Florissant residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 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 issues they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a specialist like B & B Heating & Cooling about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by common household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to freshen 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 constantly gets redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling unit to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer since your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power 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 stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

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

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 insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating like it should. This job allows our professionals to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

Know that your home 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 314-325-7552 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you find the best option for your home and budget.

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