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

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

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a expert like Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. about which options are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these fumes build up in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in 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 your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help vapors dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When looking for a model, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit works with your comfort unit to deliver powerful filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around for a greater amount of time as your home is drawing in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more information on which kind is right for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity stays steady. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating smoothly. This job allows our techs to find problems before they get bigger, 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 each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. Professionals

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 918-682-8238 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the best option for your home and budget.

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