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

If you’re uncertain whether your Anaheim house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors 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 could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we suggest consulting with a professional like Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from 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 chemicals accumulate inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, check that it’s specifically created to eliminate 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 home’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution works with your HVAC equipment to provide strong filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

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

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more info on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity keeps steady. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In little amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating smoothly. This work allows our specialists to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. Experts

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 714-855-1717 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the best option for your home and budget.

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