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

If you’re uncertain whether your Rocky Mount house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 residences can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a professional like Davis Heating & Air Conditioning about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by regular household products.

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

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

When these chemicals accumulate inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can 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 greater than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This unit works with your comfort system to deliver mighty filtration. Some types offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New houses are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which type is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

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

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is operating like it should. This job allows our professionals to pinpoint problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Davis Heating & Air Conditioning Pros

Aware that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 540-369-3790 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your family and budget.

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