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

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

We are indoors a lot. 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 homes may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a specialist like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure 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 continuously gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit works with your HVAC system to deliver powerful filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

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

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more details on which type is best for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running properly. This service allows our specialists to spot problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 805-242-9638 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your home and budget.

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