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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re inside 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 lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a specialist like Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by everyday household products.

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

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your HVAC equipment to give mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around longer because your residence is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, 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 get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones 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 fresh outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in large levels.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running smoothly. This job allows our technicians to discover issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning Professionals

Informed that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 432-237-0168 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the right solution for your home and budget.

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