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

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

We are indoors a lot. 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 could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a specialist like Gordon Air Conditioning about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

  • 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 can also result in 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 greater than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system works with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When hunting for a system, ensure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your home’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment works with your HVAC equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stick around longer since your home is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round 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. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our technicians 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.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product provides even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

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

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running smoothly. This work allows our specialists to see troubles before they get bigger, 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 need to be on each floor close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance 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 850-682-5509 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the right option for your home and budget.

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