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

If you’re questioning whether your Hudsonville home has bad 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 can result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise chatting with a pro like West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services about which products are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help vapors dissipate more quickly.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling unit to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Musty odors can hang around for an extended amount of time because your home is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down 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 fresh outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more info on which kind is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big levels.

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

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

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services Pros

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the best solution for your needs and budget.

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