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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 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 homes could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could lead to long-term health concerns.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of poor IAQ, the problems they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by 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 vapors leaked by regular household things.

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

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

When these fumes 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 location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Opening a window can help odors dissipate more quickly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to clean indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure 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 constantly gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution works with your HVAC system to deliver mighty filtration. Some models provide hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for an extended amount of time since 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 methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to eliminate 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 models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our techs for more details on which type is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues.

Our technicians advise 40–50% for the best 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 around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is working like it should. This job allows our pros to spot troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

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

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

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