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

If you’re questioning whether your Denton residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re indoors 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 could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we suggest talking with a pro like Oak Point Heating and Air LLC about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by everyday household items.

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

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

When these fumes accumulate indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, 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 guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for a model, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment connects with your HVAC system to give mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Musty odors can hang around longer because your home is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability 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 crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more info on which kind is right for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product provides consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating smoothly. This job allows our specialists to discover troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Oak Point Heating and Air LLC Professionals

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 940-202-1202 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your needs and budget.

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