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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 probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which might result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent causes 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 chatting with a professional like Woody's Sudden Service Inc about which products are ideal for your house.

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 in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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.

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

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

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

Lingering Odors

New residences are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around longer because your residence is taking in reduced 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 HVAC system to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate dangerous VOCs. These units can also help keep your household healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

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

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity stays even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our technicians recommend 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your system is operating properly. This job allows our specialists to discover issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on each floor near bedrooms and living areas.

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

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

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