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

If you’re uncertain whether your Bishop residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of inferior IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend consulting with a pro like Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by common household products.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these vapors accumulate in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help chemicals dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution connects with your heating and cooling unit to give mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New residences are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time because your residence is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more information on which type is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

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

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in big concentrations.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running smoothly. This job allows our specialists to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on all floors close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Informed that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 760-784-9034 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your home and budget.

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