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

If you’re questioning whether your Beaverton home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We spend much of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, we’re in a building 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 contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we recommend consulting with a professional like Garoken Energy Co. Inc. about which products are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released 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 vapors accumulate indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help odors disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This equipment connects with your comfort unit to give powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

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

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

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

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more details on which solution is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains balanced. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

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

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a serious health risk. In low amounts, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in heavy concentrations.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating properly. This job allows our techs to spot problems before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms must be on every floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Garoken Energy Co. Inc. Specialists

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 503-374-1934 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you locate the best solution for your family and budget.

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