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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 unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors 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 issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise talking with a pro like Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by everyday household products.

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

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

When these vapors accumulate indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking 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 improve 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 constantly gets recirculated by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution works with your heating and cooling equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

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

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

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which solution is best for your home.

Unsteady 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 advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of 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 occurs when there’s unfinished combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

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

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

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

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

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 kind HVAC professionals a call at 800-COOLING or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you locate the best equipment for your needs and budget.

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