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

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

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

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we recommend talking with a professional like Cool Power LLC about which products are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes accumulate indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause 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 outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help odors dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your house’s heating and cooling unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling unit to give strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around longer as your house is taking in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to wipe out damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our pros for more info on which type is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity around your residence.

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 an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working like it should. This service allows our technicians to discover problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on all floors by bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Cool Power LLC Experts

Informed that your residence has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 631-246-4029 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

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