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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a professional like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals 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 can 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 location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets redistributed by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling system to provide strong filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around longer because your home is pulling in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

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 power to break down damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more info on which solution is ideal for your home.

Uneven Humidity

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

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

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big levels.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is working smoothly. This work allows our techs to see issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 209-257-3156 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the best option for your needs and budget.

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