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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can create 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 take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we recommend chatting 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 along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, 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 space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help fumes disappear faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your heating and cooling system to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stale odors can stay around longer as your home is drawing in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal 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 check with our specialists for more details on which kind is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

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

Our experts advise 40–50% for top 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 gives even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big amounts.

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

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

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning Pros

Informed that your home has inferior 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 pro support, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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