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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 houses may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent causes of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we suggest chatting with a pro like Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by everyday household things.

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

  • 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 cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When seeking one, check that it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

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

Persistent Odors

Newer residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

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

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they get released again. Search for 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 clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more info on which type is best for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

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

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 comfort unit.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity across 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 little amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating properly. This work allows our technicians to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

Informed that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is ideal 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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