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

If you’re questioning whether your Payson residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources 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 suggest consulting with a specialist like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit hooks to your comfort system to provide mighty filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more info on which solution is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in big amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running smoothly. This work allows our specialists to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the North Mechanical Heating and Cooling Specialists

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 928-263-8570 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you locate the right option for your needs and budget.

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