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

If you’re unsure whether your Newton house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a pro like Brookwood Inc about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by common household items.

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

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

When these vapors build up indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, make sure 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 continually gets redistributed by your home’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This unit hooks to your HVAC unit to give strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your house is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more details on which type is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

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

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in large levels.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working like it should. This service allows our pros to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Brookwood Inc Pros

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 641-316-9803 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the right option for your needs and budget.

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