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

If you’re unsure whether your Pocatello home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, 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 worse than outdoors, which could result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we advise chatting with a expert like Vogts Heating & Air about which solutions are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these fumes build up inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system works with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This solution works with your heating and cooling unit to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Stale odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our techs for more details on which type is right for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product gives 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 units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents a serious health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is running smoothly. This service allows our technicians to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Vogts Heating & Air Specialists

Aware that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 208-621-0129 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your family and budget.

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