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

If you’re questioning whether your Boynton Beach house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

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

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes 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 chatting with a specialist like A2Z Air Inc about which products are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by common household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes build up indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This solution connects with your HVAC system to give mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more information on which type is best for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

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

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives even humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It occurs when there’s insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in heavy levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running properly. This work allows our professionals to discover troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the A2Z Air Inc Experts

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 561-270-6228 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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