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

If you’re uncertain whether your Zelienople house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a professional like Knoechel Heating Company about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

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

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When looking for one, check that it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This unit hooks to your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous 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 takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more details on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our experts recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product gives balanced humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In little concentrations, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is running like it should. This job allows our pros to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Knoechel Heating Company Pros

Informed that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 724-425-5852 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal solution for your home and budget.

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