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

If you’re unsure whether your New Castle home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 worse than outdoors, which may create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we suggest chatting with a pro like Central Heating & Plumbing about which products are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by everyday household items.

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

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

When these vapors collect inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help chemicals dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling unit to give mighty filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your house is taking in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two ways 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. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more info on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is working like it should. This work allows our specialists to spot troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Central Heating & Plumbing Specialists

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 724-401-1843 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the best solution for your family and budget.

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