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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a expert like Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by everyday 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 may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, 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. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, 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 constantly gets recirculated by your house’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This solution works with your heating and cooling equipment to provide strong filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which type is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides balanced humidity around your residence.

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 produces an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating properly. This work allows our technicians to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling Experts

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 614-451-0846 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you find the right solution for your family and budget.

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