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

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

We are indoors a lot. 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 residences can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we suggest talking with a expert like Anderson Heating & A/C about which options are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by regular household items.

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

  • 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 can 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 higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help vapors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

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

Lasting Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your house is taking in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more info on which solution is best for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over 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 solution provides even humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running like it should. This service allows our technicians to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on all floors close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Anderson Heating & A/C Experts

Know that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 775-230-7628 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your needs and budget.

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