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

If you’re uncertain whether your Keokuk home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

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

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a specialist like WM J Kraus & Son about which options are ideal 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 in addition to:

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

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

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help vapors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When looking for a system, check that 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 constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This solution works with your comfort unit to provide strong filtration. Some models have hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility expenses, 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 reduced fresh air. As 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 placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment 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 takes out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more details on which solution is ideal for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers consistent humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating like it should. This work allows our pros to pinpoint problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on all floors near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the WM J Kraus & Son Professionals

Aware that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 319-229-2318 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

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