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

If you’re unsure whether your Drexel Hill house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we suggest chatting with a specialist like O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning about which solutions are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by common household things.

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

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

When these chemicals collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help vapors dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When seeking a model, make sure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your heating and cooling unit to deliver strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer as your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment 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 clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more details on which solution is best for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is working like it should. This work allows our pros to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause 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 each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Aware that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 610-257-7035 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

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