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

If you’re unsure whether your Carson City home has unhealthy 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 houses can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary causes of bad 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 pro like Anderson Heating & A/C about which options are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes collect inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help fumes disappear more rapidly.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger 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 get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

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

Persistent Odors

Modern residences are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for an extended amount of time as your residence is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging 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 exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more info on which solution is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, 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 could be lethal in large levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running like it should. This service allows our professionals to find 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 get detectors. These alarms must be on each floor by 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 enhance it? 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 best equipment for your needs and budget.

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