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

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

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 more contaminated than outdoors, which could result in long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we suggest chatting with a specialist like Jett's Heating & Air Inc. about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these vapors build up inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more frequently and get a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit connects with your heating and cooling unit to provide strong filtration. Some types offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your residence is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our specialists for more details on which solution is best for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our technicians suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives even humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating properly. This work allows our professionals to find issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Jett's Heating & Air Inc. Experts

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC pros a call at 815-410-1128 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the right equipment for your needs and budget.

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