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

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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, 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 more contaminated than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a pro like Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. about which options are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

  • 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 cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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. Unlatching a window can help vapors dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for a model, ensure it’s specifically made to eradicate 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 house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This unit works with your heating and cooling equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is drawing in a smaller amount of 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 get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of 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 equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which solution 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 lead to respiratory troubles.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating smoothly. This work allows our techs to find 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 put in detectors. These alarms should be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

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

Know that your residence has bad 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 918-682-8238 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your home and budget.

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