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

If you’re questioning whether your West Valley City home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which might result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a expert like Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household products.

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

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

When these fumes collect in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

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

Lingering Odors

New residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer because your residence is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more details on which type is right for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In small amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in big amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your system is working smoothly. This service allows our pros to see issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning Pros

Informed that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 801-305-4777 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your family and budget.

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