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

If you’re uncertain whether your Holdrege residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a professional like Durable Service about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking one, ensure 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 continually gets moved by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This equipment connects with your heating and cooling equipment to give mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around longer because your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more information on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our technicians recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by unfinished combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces an extreme health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating like it should. This service allows our pros to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Durable Service Professionals

Aware that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 308-995-8177 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the best option for your family and budget.

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