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

If you’re unsure whether your Wyandotte residence has bad 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 more contaminated than outdoors, which might create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we advise talking with a pro like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger 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 houses are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer because your house is drawing 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 HVAC system 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 getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty 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 best for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

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

Our technicians suggest 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 equipment.

In place of having to drag 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 occurs when there’s unfinished combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating like it should. This service allows our professionals to pinpoint troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor close to 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 solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 734-363-8907 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your needs and budget.

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