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

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

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re in a building 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 could create long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common origins of poor IAQ, the problems they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we advise chatting with a pro like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by common household items.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help vapors dissipate more rapidly.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer as your home is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to eliminate odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our technicians for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your residence’s humidity keeps steady. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

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

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides balanced humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In little amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in big concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is working like it should. This job allows our techs to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on all floors near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Specialists

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 662-281-1231 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your family and budget.

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