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

If you’re questioning whether your Shelby house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re inside 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 contaminated than outdoors, which might result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise chatting with a expert like Hopper Heating and Air about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by everyday household items.

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

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

When these chemicals accumulate inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help vapors disappear faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your residence’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This solution works with your comfort system to give mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Stale odors can stick around for an extended amount of time because your house is taking in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate dangerous VOCs. This equipment 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 removes musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more details on which type is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a severe health risk. In little concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big concentrations.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is working like it should. This service allows our technicians to find troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Hopper Heating and Air Professionals

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 704-233-7363 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the best option for your family and budget.

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