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

If you’re uncertain whether your Omaha house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a specialist like The Frazier Company about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from everyday household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these vapors collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause 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 worse than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help fumes disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your home’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This solution connects with your HVAC equipment to give strong filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern residences are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for an extended amount of time as your residence is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more details on which kind is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity stays steady. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a severe health risk. In little concentrations, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in large concentrations.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is working properly. This job allows our techs to discover problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the The Frazier Company Specialists

Informed that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 402-896-5900 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your family and budget.

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