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

If you’re uncertain whether your Tomball residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 could result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a specialist like Premium Air Services LLC about which options are ideal 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 in addition to:

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

When these vapors build up indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause 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 higher than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment works with your comfort unit to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around longer because your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These units 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 crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which type is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product provides even humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of incomplete combustion in fuel-burning appliances, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It poses an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in large amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running properly. This job allows our techs to spot issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Premium Air Services LLC Experts

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 713-364-9957 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your family and budget.

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