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

If you’re unsure whether your Port St. Lucie house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a specialist like Custom Air Systems Inc about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by regular 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 build up in your home, 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 area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer since your home is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more info on which kind is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product provides even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running properly. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint issues before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Custom Air Systems Inc Professionals

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 772-247-2283 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the right option for your needs and budget.

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