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

If you’re questioning whether your Opelika home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which might create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise talking with a professional like Farnell Mechanical, Inc. about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by regular household things.

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

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

When these vapors collect inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can 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 fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, 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 moved by your residence’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution connects with your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your house is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which kind is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our specialists recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

In place of having to lug 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’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It creates an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in large amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to ensure your system is working smoothly. This service allows our technicians to pinpoint issues before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Farnell Mechanical, Inc. Experts

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 334-245-4748 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your home and budget.

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