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

If you’re questioning whether your York residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which might create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we suggest chatting with a professional like Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by regular household things.

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

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

When these fumes collect indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically designed 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 home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment works with your HVAC system to provide strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around longer since your house is drawing in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

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

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more info on which solution is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity stays balanced. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our pros advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers even humidity across 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 creates an extreme health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is running like it should. This job allows our technicians to spot troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on all floors by bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning Pros

Aware that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 717-383-4479 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

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