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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 worse than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent 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 advise talking with a specialist like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these vapors collect 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 location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help odors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger 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 buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This solution works with your HVAC system to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is pulling in less fresh air. Because 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 household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more details on which type is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity across 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 presents a severe health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large concentrations.

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

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

Improve Your Residence’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 professional assistance, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your family and budget.

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