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

If you’re uncertain whether your Bossier City house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of bad 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 talking with a expert like Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by everyday household things.

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

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

When these fumes accumulate indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, check that it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution works with your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more details on which kind is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big concentrations.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running properly. This work allows our technicians to find issues before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists

Know that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 800-COOLING or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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