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

If you’re unsure whether your Racine residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re inside up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent causes of inferior IAQ, the issues they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we advise chatting with a specialist like Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc about which products are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from everyday household things.

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

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help vapors dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, check that it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to provide mighty filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our technicians advise 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by unfinished combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It produces an extreme health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in big concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running properly. This job allows our techs to see troubles before they start, 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 need to be on every floor close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc Pros

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 262-358-9468 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your family and budget.

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