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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 more contaminated than outdoors, which could result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent 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 recommend talking with a expert like Comfort Zone Inc about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When hunting for a system, make sure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

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

Lasting Odors

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

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

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to eliminate 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 ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more info on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

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

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product provides even humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy levels.

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

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor close to bedrooms and living rooms.

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

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

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