If you’re uncertain whether your Lancaster home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.
We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, 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 worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.
Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ
We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent causes of inferior IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we recommend chatting with a professional like Fairfield Heating & Cooling about which options are a good fit for your home.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by everyday household things.
They’re found in paint and stains as well as:
- Building materials
- Cleaning products
- Air fresheners
When these vapors accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.
Always use the manufacturer’s directions when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help vapors disperse faster.
Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.
Dust and Pet Dander
Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.
This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to give mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.
Newer residences are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.
Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your residence is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all year-round isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.
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 ability to break down damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.
A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which kind is best for your house.
It’s critical your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.
Our technicians suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.
Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity throughout your house.
Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.
It presents an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in big concentrations.
We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running smoothly. This service allows our professionals to see troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.
The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor close to bedrooms and living areas.
Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Fairfield Heating & Cooling Professionals
Aware that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 740-331-4331 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you find the best solution for your family and budget.