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

If you’re questioning whether your Libertyville house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 homes may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a pro like Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from everyday household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals build up indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can 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 chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment works with your comfort system to provide powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer because your house is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which type is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy amounts.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running properly. This work allows our pros to spot issues before they begin, 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 need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical Experts

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 847-362-0262 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your home and budget.

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