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

If you’re questioning whether your Murrieta home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a expert like Cool Air Solutions about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by regular 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 collect inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in 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 greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system works with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking a model, check that it’s specifically designed 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 recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to deliver powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around longer because your house is drawing in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out harmful 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 takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more information on which solution is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our technicians advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in large amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is working smoothly. This work allows our pros to find troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on each floor close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Cool Air Solutions Specialists

Informed that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 951-299-9853 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you choose the best solution for your family and budget.

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