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

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

We are indoors a lot. In fact, we’re indoors 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 fix 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 options are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked 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 fumes collect inside, 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 greater than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. 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, ensure 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 continually gets redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit hooks to your heating and cooling unit to give strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time as your house is drawing in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

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 wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

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

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In small amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running smoothly. This job allows our specialists to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause 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 House’s Air Quality with the Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning Experts

Aware 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 experts a call at 760-784-9034 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your family and budget.

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