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

If you’re unsure whether your West Columbia residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 polluted than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a specialist like Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help vapors dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This unit connects with your heating and cooling equipment to provide mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our experts advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives balanced humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a serious health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is running like it should. This job allows our professionals to pinpoint issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. Experts

Know that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 803-265-4208 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your home and budget.

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