If you’re unsure whether your Saint Louis home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a professional like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating about which products are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by common household products.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets moved by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your residence is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which type is best for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers even humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It occurs when there’s insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents a severe health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be lethal in heavy amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating like it should. This service allows our professionals to see troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating Professionals

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC pros a call at 314-262-4541 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your home and budget.