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

If you’re questioning whether your Huntsville residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a professional like All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc about which options are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these chemicals build up inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help chemicals disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When looking for one, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your home’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

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

Lingering Odors

New residences are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around longer because your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment 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 stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more information on which solution is best for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating properly. This service allows our techs to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc Professionals

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 256-801-4701 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you locate the right option for your needs and budget.

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