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

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, 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 might lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we recommend talking with a expert like Patterson & Stirling Inc about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these chemicals build up inside, 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 location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help vapors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This solution connects with your HVAC system to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for an extended amount of time because your residence is drawing in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more details on which solution is ideal for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product provides consistent humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working properly. This service allows our techs to discover problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Patterson & Stirling Inc Pros

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 814-308-0416 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the ideal equipment for your family and budget.

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