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

If you’re uncertain whether your Dayton house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

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

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of bad IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise chatting with a specialist like Jent Mechanical LLC about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released 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 vapors accumulate inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This equipment connects with your comfort equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around longer since your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more information on which solution is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our experts recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity throughout your house.

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 an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating properly. This work allows our specialists to pinpoint issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Jent Mechanical LLC Pros

Informed that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 937-845-1111 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the right equipment for your home and budget.

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