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

If you’re uncertain whether your Lincoln house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 worse than outdoors, which might create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a expert like AW Heating & Air Conditioning about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help fumes disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure 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 constantly gets redistributed by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling system to provide mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer as your home is taking in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes 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 information on which type is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working properly. This service allows our technicians to see troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the AW Heating & Air Conditioning Pros

Informed that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 402-318-5351 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the ideal solution for your home and budget.

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