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

If you’re uncertain whether your Chadron residence has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

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

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary causes of inferior IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we suggest talking with a professional like MPC Heating & Cooling about which solutions are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from 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 inside, they might 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 higher than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also help. This unit works with your heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, check that it’s specifically designed to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets recirculated by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more regularly and install a better air filter, an air filtration system could be a better solution.

This equipment works with your heating and cooling system to provide powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-quality filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer houses are securely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around longer since your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

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

A ventilation system removes musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more details on which kind is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity keeps balanced. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product gives consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in large levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to make sure your equipment is running smoothly. This service allows our techs to discover issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms should be on each floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Better Your House’s Air Quality with the MPC Heating & Cooling Pros

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 308-832-4321 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you locate the ideal equipment for your needs and budget.

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