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

If you’re uncertain whether your Rapid City home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. In reality, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside houses could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can result in long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of inferior IAQ, the issues they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a specialist like Street Heating and Cooling about which products are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by common household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals collect in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help vapors disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure 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 redistributed by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your heating and cooling system to provide strong filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your home is drawing in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our pros for more information on which solution is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, think over buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a serious health risk. In low levels, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in big levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running like it should. This service allows our pros to find problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors by bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your House’s Air Quality with the Street Heating and Cooling Pros

Aware that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 605-206-3915 or contact us online now. With free estimates and pro service, we’ll help you locate the best option for your family and budget.

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