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

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

We are indoors a lot. 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 residences can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a specialist like B & G HVAC about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from 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 vapors accumulate in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can 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 pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, make sure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This equipment connects with your heating and cooling unit to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around longer as your residence is drawing in reduced 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 cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more details on which type is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating like it should. This job allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the B & G HVAC Professionals

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 641-323-1210 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you choose the best option for your home and budget.

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