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

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

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

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of inferior IAQ, the problems they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a specialist like Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc about which solutions are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

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

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system works with your heating and cooling unit to freshen indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your home’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This solution hooks to your HVAC equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your residence is drawing in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our experts for more details on which kind is right for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives balanced humidity around your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a serious health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in large concentrations.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is working smoothly. This service allows our specialists to find problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Experts

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 602-832-7808 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you find the right equipment for your needs and budget.

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