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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, 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 worse than outdoors, which might lead to long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common origins of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise consulting with a specialist like Cytech Heating & Cooling about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by 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 accumulate inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause 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 greater than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment connects with your heating and cooling equipment to give mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer as your house is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more details on which kind is best for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

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

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running like it should. This job allows our pros to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on every floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Cytech Heating & Cooling Experts

Aware that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 956-630-3522 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your needs and budget.

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