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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, 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 result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix 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 leaked by everyday household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes accumulate in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking 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 wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets redistributed by your residence’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your comfort unit to provide strong filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stay 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 doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household 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 models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

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

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers balanced humidity around your house.

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 severe health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is running like it should. This work allows our technicians to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC experts 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 option for your family and budget.

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