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

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

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building 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 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 ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors 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 in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit collaborates 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 heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit works with your HVAC unit to provide strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your home is drawing in reduced 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 damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Uneven Humidity

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

Our pros 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 drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity across your residence.

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 serious health risk. In little amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy levels.

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

The best method 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

Aware that your house has bad 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 714-453-4711 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your home and budget.

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