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

If you’re unsure whether your Mankato area home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend much of our time indoors. 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 can be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of poor IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise chatting with a pro like Northern Comfort Inc about which products are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors 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 build up inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help vapors disperse more quickly.

Air purification systems can also help. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure 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 constantly gets redistributed by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your comfort unit to deliver strong filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer because your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our techs for more information on which type is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays steady. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in large concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating like it should. This job allows our technicians to pinpoint problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Northern Comfort Inc Professionals

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 507-387-6596 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your home and budget.

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