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

If you’re uncertain whether your Wyandotte house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

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

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a pro like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, make sure it’s specifically created 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 redistributed by your home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your HVAC system to provide mighty filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer because your residence is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more information on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates an extreme health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating properly. This service allows our professionals to pinpoint troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 734-363-8907 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your needs and budget.

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