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

If you’re unsure whether your Carlsbad home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 homes can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary causes of bad IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we recommend consulting with a pro like Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services about which options are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular household things.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these vapors build up indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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 your home.

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

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When looking for a system, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to give strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around longer as your home is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These units 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 stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more info on which kind is best for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our professionals advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides balanced humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in large amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is running smoothly. This service allows our technicians to find issues before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services Experts

Informed that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 575-446-3948 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your family and budget.

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