If you’re uncertain whether your Narvon residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 residences could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we advise talking with a specialist like Ameri-Tec about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by regular 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 may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help odors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out 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 house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your utility bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which type is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our pros suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses a serious health risk. In little levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in heavy amounts.

We suggest annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running like it should. This work allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles 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 put in detectors. These alarms need to be on every floor close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Ameri-Tec Specialists

Aware that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 717-479-4950 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the best equipment for your needs and budget.