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

If you’re uncertain whether your West Palm Beach home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary causes of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a pro like Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household products.

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

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

When these fumes build up inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create 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 higher than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help vapors dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit 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 aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This solution connects with your comfort unit to deliver strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Musty odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to eliminate odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our pros for more information on which type is right for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in heavy amounts.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your system is running properly. This service allows our specialists to find problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc Professionals

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 561-612-0242 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the best option for your home and budget.

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