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

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

We are indoors a lot. In fact, 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 more polluted than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a specialist like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating about which options are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these fumes collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home 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 outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help chemicals dissipate more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, make sure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your residence’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This unit connects with your comfort system to give mighty filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your residence is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

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

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

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity stays steady. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution gives even humidity across your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating like it should. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating Professionals

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 314-262-4541 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the best solution for your family and budget.

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