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

If you’re uncertain whether your Front Royal house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 residences may be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a pro like Dave's Diversified Services about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from everyday household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals build up indoors, they might 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 space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your home’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit works with your HVAC unit to give mighty filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Musty odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your home is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

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

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more information on which type is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a serious health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in big concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating like it should. This service allows our specialists to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on every floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Dave's Diversified Services Specialists

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 540-369-3971 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you locate the best option for your family and budget.

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