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

If you’re uncertain whether your Northglenn house has unhealthy 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 more contaminated than outdoors, which might create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the issues they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we recommend talking with a specialist like Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. about which options are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from everyday household items.

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

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

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

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When looking for a system, make sure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit connects with your HVAC equipment to give strong filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which type is ideal for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

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

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

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear 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 an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in large amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating smoothly. This work allows our technicians to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Specialists

Informed that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 303-452-4146 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your family and budget.

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