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

If you’re questioning whether your Grand Prairie home has bad 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 residences can be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we suggest consulting with a expert like Mustang Mechanical about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by regular household products.

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

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, 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 continually gets recirculated by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This solution works with your HVAC equipment to give powerful filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your house is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more details on which kind is right for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our techs advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides consistent humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating like it should. This work allows our techs to spot troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on each floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Mustang Mechanical Pros

Informed that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 972-445-9504 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you choose the best solution for your home and budget.

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