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

If you’re uncertain whether your Gresham home has poor 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 can be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the issues they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise talking with a professional like Honke Heating & AC about which solutions are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from common household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect indoors, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in 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 use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This unit partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, check that it’s specifically made 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 residence’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and install a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment works with your comfort equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some models offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around longer since your house is taking in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year round isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These units 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 pulls out stale indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more information on which kind is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too humid can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our professionals recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is operating properly. This job allows our technicians to discover problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms must be on each floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the Honke Heating & AC Professionals

Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 503-663-8033 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you locate the ideal option for your family and budget.

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