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

If you’re unsure whether your St. Louis house has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 more polluted than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent origins of poor IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by 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 released 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 vapors collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 fumes 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 faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to freshen indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically made to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This solution hooks to your comfort system to deliver strong filtration. Some kinds have hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stay around for an extended amount of time as your residence is taking in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year 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 eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Unbalanced Humidity

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

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting 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 around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In low concentrations, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working properly. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must 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 inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 314-262-4541 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you locate the best solution for your home and budget.

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