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

If you’re questioning whether your Manassas Park 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 houses may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a professional like Woody's Sudden Service Inc about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from everyday household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals build up inside, they may 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 area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help chemicals disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When hunting for a model, make sure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your residence’s heating and cooling system. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This equipment connects with your comfort unit to provide powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-grade filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

Stale odors can stick around longer as your residence is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more info on which type is best for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our technicians recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider buying 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 balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a serious health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in big concentrations.

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

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on all floors near bedrooms and living rooms.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Woody's Sudden Service Inc Experts

Aware that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 703-278-2036 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the ideal equipment for your home and budget.

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