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

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

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

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest talking with a pro like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by regular household items.

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

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, check that it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit works with your HVAC equipment to give powerful filtration. Some types provide hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your residence is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more details on which kind is right for your home.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates an extreme health risk. In little concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in large amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating properly. This job allows our technicians to spot issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the ACS Heating and Air Conditioning Pros

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 770-450-1539 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the right option for your home and budget.

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