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

If you’re uncertain whether your Holdrege house 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 residences can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a professional like Durable Service about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these fumes accumulate in your home, 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 fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This system partners 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 constantly gets moved by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently 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 strong 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 very good 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 all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed 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 normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and exchanges 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 residence’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In small concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in heavy levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating properly. This service allows our techs to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable 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 equipment for your home and budget.

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