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

If you’re questioning whether your Belton residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 residences may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common causes of poor IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise chatting with a professional like Bell Air Conditioning Inc. about which products are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these fumes collect inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This unit connects with your comfort unit to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern residences are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time as your residence is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more information on which kind is best for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives consistent humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a serious health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating properly. This job allows our techs to find problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Bell Air Conditioning Inc. Experts

Aware that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 254-307-9572 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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