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

If you’re questioning whether your Cape Coral home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building 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 create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise talking with a expert like Comfort Zone Inc about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to 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 higher than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When seeking one, make sure it’s specifically made to wipe out 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 house’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

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

Persistent Odors

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

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

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more info on which kind is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our specialists advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in big levels.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating properly. This service allows our pros to spot problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Comfort Zone Inc Pros

Know that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 239-214-0411 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your home and budget.

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