If you’re questioning whether your Front Royal residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.
We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health problems.
Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ
We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of poor IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a specialist like Dave's Diversified Services about which solutions are ideal for your home.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by everyday household things.
They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:
- Building materials
- Cleaning products
- Air fresheners
When these vapors accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.
Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate faster.
Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.
Dust and Pet Dander
Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.
This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to provide powerful filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.
Modern houses are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.
Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.
An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.
A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which solution is ideal for your home.
It’s important your residence’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.
Our techs suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.
In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent humidity across your house.
Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.
It causes a severe health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in large concentrations.
We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working like it should. This job allows our techs to spot problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.
The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on all floors by bedrooms and living spaces.
Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Dave's Diversified Services Pros
Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 540-636-3396 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your home and budget.