If you’re questioning whether your Wyandotte house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.
We are indoors a lot. In 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 could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health issues.
Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ
We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we suggest consulting with a specialist like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning about which options are a good fit for your family.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by common household products.
They’re found in paint and stains as well as:
- Building materials
- Cleaning products
- Air fresheners
When these fumes accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.
Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors dissipate faster.
Air purification systems can also make it better. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure 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 continuously gets recirculated by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.
This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.
New homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.
Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time as your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.
An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.
A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which type is ideal for your residence.
It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.
Our technicians suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.
In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity around your house.
Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It occurs when there’s insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.
It produces an extreme health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big concentrations.
We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running smoothly. This service allows our professionals to see troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.
The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living rooms.
Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning Experts
Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 734-284-1224 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your family and budget.