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

If you’re unsure whether your Franklin Lakes home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a expert like Total Comfort about which solutions are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes collect indoors, 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 area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When seeking a model, check that 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 continually gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better match.

This unit works with your HVAC system to provide powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer residences are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. 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 normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our pros for more details on which type is ideal for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity stays balanced. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our technicians advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy concentrations.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to ensure your system is running like it should. This service allows our pros to spot problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on each floor near bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Total Comfort Experts

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 201-268-5663 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal solution for your family and budget.

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