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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, 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 create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a specialist like Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling about which options are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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 your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and get a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some types offer hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stale odors can hang around longer as your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems 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 stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more info on which type is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

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

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running like it should. This work allows our professionals to spot issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Professionals

Aware that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 804-302-6657 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the ideal solution for your family and budget.

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