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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary causes of inferior IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a pro like Kapaun & Brown Inc. about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from 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 in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help vapors dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your home’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This unit connects with your HVAC unit to provide strong filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out dangerous 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 removes stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our experts for more info on which solution is best for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our specialists suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product gives even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in large concentrations.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating like it should. This work allows our techs to find issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Kapaun & Brown Inc. Professionals

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 641-812-2028 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your needs and budget.

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