If you’re uncertain whether your Rio Grande Valley residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common sources of bad IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we recommend chatting with a pro like Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. about which solutions are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular household items.

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

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

When these vapors accumulate indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors disperse faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer homes are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more information on which kind is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in big levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your system is operating properly. This service allows our techs to see troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on each floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. Experts

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 956-630-3522 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you choose the right equipment for your family and budget.