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

If you’re uncertain whether your Lawrence house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

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

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent sources of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we recommend chatting with a professional like Scott Temperature about which options are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help fumes disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit connects with your heating and cooling equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your residence is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a severe health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy amounts.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is operating like it should. This job allows our pros to find issues 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 install detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Scott Temperature Pros

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 785-269-0465 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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