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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 in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior 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 talking with a professional like Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning about which options are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by common 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 fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment works with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When looking for a system, 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 get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment works with your HVAC system to provide strong filtration. Some types have hospital-quality 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 very good 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 a possibility, 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. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal 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 models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more details on which kind is best for your house.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our pros suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity around your residence.

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 creates an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running properly. This work allows our technicians to spot troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

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

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