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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we suggest chatting with a expert like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by common household products.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also create 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 outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help odors disappear faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your home’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your HVAC unit to give mighty filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around longer because your home is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which type is best for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running smoothly. This work allows our pros to pinpoint troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning Experts

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 203-734-7648 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the right equipment for your family and budget.

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