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

If you’re uncertain whether your Heflin residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 residences could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a expert like Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help vapors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When hunting for a model, make sure it’s specifically designed 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 redistributed by your residence’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and install a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This unit hooks to your comfort unit to give strong filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your home is taking 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 HVAC system to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more information on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product provides balanced humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working like it should. This work allows our professionals to see problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc Professionals

Know that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 256-270-1196 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you locate the best option for your family and budget.

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