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

If you’re uncertain whether your McHenry home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest talking 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 vapors released by regular household products.

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 inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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 your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When looking for a system, 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 residence’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit connects with your comfort unit to provide mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses 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 house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

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

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

Uneven 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 advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers 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 deadly in heavy amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is working like it should. This job allows our professionals to see troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

Know that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our kind 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 option for your needs and budget.

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