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

If you’re uncertain whether your Moline home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 homes could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a specialist like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help vapors disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for a system, check that it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit works with your heating and cooling system to provide strong filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is drawing in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down damaging VOCs. These systems 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 substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which type is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers consistent humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear 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 presents a serious health risk. In little levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is running smoothly. This work allows our specialists to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Freed Heating & Air Conditioning Pros

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 309-323-9584 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your family and budget.

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