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

If you’re questioning whether your Ontario house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes may be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of poor IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a professional like Stan's Heating, Inc about which options are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by regular household products.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these vapors build up indoors, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking one, make sure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution works with your HVAC system to give strong filtration. Some models have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since your house is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

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

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more info on which type is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your residence’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our pros advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides even humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in large concentrations.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working properly. This job allows our pros to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Stan's Heating, Inc Experts

Know that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 541-286-6602 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you find the best option for your family and budget.

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