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

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

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

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the issues they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we advise talking with a specialist like Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company about which options are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by common 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 may 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 location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When looking for one, check that it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit works with your HVAC equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems 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 stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our experts advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product provides balanced humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of unfinished combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a serious health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating properly. This work allows our techs to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company Pros

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 630-570-0252 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the right option for your home and budget.

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