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

If you’re unsure whether your Hattiesburg house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences may be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which might create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources 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 chatting with a pro like Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by everyday household products.

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

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

When these chemicals collect indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in 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 higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically created 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 redistributed by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling unit to give powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around longer since your residence is drawing in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out dangerous 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 musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more details on which kind is best for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity keeps steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers balanced humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a severe health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in big levels.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running properly. This job allows our technicians to discover issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning Specialists

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 601-292-9763 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you choose the right equipment for your family and budget.

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