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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, 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 may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the issues they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise talking with a specialist like Osceola Air, LLC about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by common household products.

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

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

When these fumes build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help vapors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This unit connects with your comfort system to provide mighty filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your home is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more info on which solution is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is gas you can’t see or smell. It occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates a severe health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running smoothly. This service allows our techs to find issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Osceola Air, LLC Experts

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 407-477-6319 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you locate the right option for your home and budget.

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