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

If you’re questioning whether your Scottsboro house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re in a building 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 may result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we suggest chatting with a pro like Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. about which products are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household products.

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

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create 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 greater than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, make sure it’s specifically created 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 moved by your residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment connects with your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer as your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more details on which solution is best for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in big concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating smoothly. This work allows our pros to find problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. Professionals

Aware that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 256-574-1300 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the best solution for your needs and budget.

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