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

If you’re uncertain whether your Newton residence 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 worse than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise talking with a expert like Brookwood Inc about which products are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes 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 worse 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 disappear more rapidly.

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 constantly gets redistributed by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

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

Persistent Odors

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

Musty odors can stick around for an extended 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 cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down damaging VOCs. These units 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 clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which type is right for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our experts advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over buying 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 delivers balanced humidity around 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 poses a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in large amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is working like it should. This service allows our pros to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living spaces.

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

Informed 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 now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the right option for your needs and budget.

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