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

If you’re questioning whether your Menomonie and western Wisconsin residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 homes may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the issues they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a pro like Halverson Brothers Inc about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these vapors accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may 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 pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for a model, check that it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit hooks to your comfort unit to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones 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 clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which solution is best for your house.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our specialists advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by unfinished combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It causes an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is operating properly. This service allows our technicians to find issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Halverson Brothers Inc Specialists

Informed that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 715-352-4052 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the best solution for your needs and budget.

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