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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 probably does.

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

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

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

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these vapors accumulate inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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 applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help chemicals disappear more rapidly.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This equipment works with your comfort system to give powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stay around longer because your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

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

In place of having to pull 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 units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

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

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

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

Informed that your home has inferior 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 service, we’ll help you find the best option for your family and budget.

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