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

If you’re unsure whether your Crestview residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

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

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a specialist like Gordon Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from common household things.

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

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

When these vapors accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your home’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment works with your HVAC unit to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more details on which kind is best for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

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

Our pros advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product provides even humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running smoothly. This work allows our specialists to see issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Gordon Air Conditioning Professionals

Know that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 850-250-0335 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the right equipment for your family and budget.

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