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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 create long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend talking 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 things.

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 greater than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear more rapidly.

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

This solution works with your comfort system to give powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern houses are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for an extended amount of time as your house is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging 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 pulls out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about 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 balanced humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working like it should. This work allows our specialists to spot troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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 ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 816-379-3918 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the best option for your needs and budget.

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