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

If you’re questioning whether your Ballwin and St. Charles residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a specialist like Air Alliance Team about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help fumes disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When looking for a system, make sure it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around longer because your residence is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more details on which solution is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our experts advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity across your house.

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 an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in big levels.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is operating like it should. This work allows our professionals to see troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on all floors close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Air Alliance Team Professionals

Aware that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 636-206-4250 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your home and budget.

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