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

If you’re questioning whether your Hudsonville home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which may result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the issues they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we recommend chatting with a expert like West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from common household items.

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

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system works with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When looking for a system, make sure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to provide strong filtration. Some types have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time as your home is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more info on which solution is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating smoothly. This service allows our specialists to spot issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on all floors by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services Pros

Informed that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you find the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

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