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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 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 may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can fix 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 products are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released 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 may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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 guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. 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, make sure it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This equipment works with your comfort equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer as your home is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which type is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, 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 house.

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 create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in large amounts.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running properly. This work allows our techs to spot troubles before they begin, 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 need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

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

Know that your home has inferior 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 now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your home and budget.

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