If you’re unsure whether your Cottonwood & Prescott home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re inside 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 may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a pro like Connolly Electric & Mechanical about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these chemicals accumulate inside, 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 space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times greater than the air outdoors.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Cracking a window can help vapors disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When hunting for one, ensure it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your home’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to provide powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time as your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t a possibility, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to wipe out odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to wipe out harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with clean outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

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

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It presents a serious health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is operating like it should. This service allows our professionals to spot issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Connolly Electric & Mechanical Experts

Aware that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our kind HVAC specialists a call at 928-251-4327 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you locate the right solution for your family and budget.