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

If you’re unsure whether your Kearney home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we advise chatting with a professional like Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure 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 continually gets redistributed by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your HVAC equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more information on which solution is best for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays steady. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It’s a byproduct of insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It causes a serious health risk. In low concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in big amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running properly. This job allows our techs to pinpoint troubles before they begin, 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 need to be on each floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning Pros

Aware 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 specialists a call at 308-624-3485 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your family and budget.

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