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

If you’re uncertain whether your Suffolk/Nassau County home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, 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 may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we recommend consulting with a expert like Airmax Long Island Inc about which solutions are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by regular household things.

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

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

When these vapors collect in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help vapors dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This solution hooks to your comfort equipment to provide strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Modern residences are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for an extended amount of time as your residence is pulling in less fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down harmful VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more info on which kind is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory concerns.

Our technicians recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides even humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In low concentrations, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in heavy levels.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running like it should. This job allows our professionals to find issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Airmax Long Island Inc Experts

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 631-737-5566 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the ideal equipment for your family and budget.

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