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

If you’re questioning whether your South Beloit and Belvidere home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

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

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest chatting with a expert like Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these vapors collect 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 pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals disappear more rapidly.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your comfort system to provide strong filtration. Some models have hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time as your home is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our techs advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product gives balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by unfinished combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents a severe health risk. In small concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in large concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running properly. This work allows our professionals to spot issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Pros

Informed that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 877-389-2465 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your family and budget.

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