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

If you’re uncertain whether your Dallas residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a expert like Tri County Air Care LLC about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these vapors build up inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When seeking one, make sure 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 continually gets redistributed by your house’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to provide strong filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your home is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out 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 takes out musty indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more details on which solution is best for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our techs recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of incomplete combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in big amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is working properly. This job allows our pros to spot troubles 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 all floors by bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Tri County Air Care LLC Experts

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 469-213-8367 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the best option for your family and budget.

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