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

If you’re uncertain whether your Excelsior Springs home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we advise chatting with a professional like Colvin's Heating and Cooling about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by everyday household products.

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

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help vapors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically made to eliminate 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 house’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit works with your heating and cooling system to give powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New residences are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your residence is pulling in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more details on which solution is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in large amounts.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working properly. This job allows our specialists to spot troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Colvin's Heating and Cooling Experts

Know that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 816-379-3918 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the best option for your needs and budget.

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