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

If you’re unsure whether your McMurray house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 houses may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of poor IAQ, the problems they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we suggest talking with a expert like Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing about which options are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked 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 inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause 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 greater than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help fumes disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically created to eliminate 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 residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and get a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This equipment connects with your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around longer because your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which solution is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents an extreme health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in large levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working like it should. This work allows our pros to spot problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Professionals

Aware that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 724-370-0141 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the right equipment for your family and budget.

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