If you’re unsure whether your Holbrook residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of inferior IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a specialist like Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation about which products are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, 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 space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help vapors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When seeking a model, ensure it’s specifically designed to eliminate 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 comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This unit hooks to your HVAC equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all year-round isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down 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 takes out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

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

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity throughout your house.

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 presents a severe health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running properly. This service allows our technicians to find troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation Specialists

Informed that your home has bad 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 631-460-5159 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the best solution for your needs and budget.