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

If you’re uncertain whether your Lake Forest residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

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

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of inferior IAQ, the issues they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a pro like 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. about which solutions are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes build up in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause 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 higher than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for a system, make sure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This solution hooks to your comfort equipment to give strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time as your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of 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 types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which kind is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for ideal 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 equipment gives balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working smoothly. This work allows our pros to spot problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Pros

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 949-204-0859 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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