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

If you’re unsure whether your Erie home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary 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 residence, we recommend talking with a expert like Patterson & Stirling Inc about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by common 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 might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help vapors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, 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 continually gets moved by your home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

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

Persistent Odors

New houses are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

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

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out 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 substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more info on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

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

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a serious health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is working properly. This service allows our pros to spot problems before they begin, 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 should be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

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

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

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