If you’re questioning whether your Port Orchard house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 residences could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they cause and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we suggest consulting with a pro like Air Masters Heating & Cooling about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by regular household things.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When seeking 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 continuously gets recirculated by your home’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This solution hooks to your comfort equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time as your home is pulling in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more details on which kind is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can create respiratory symptoms.

Our specialists suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in heavy concentrations.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working properly. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on every floor by bedrooms and living rooms.

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Air Masters Heating & Cooling Professionals

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is ideal for you? Give our kind HVAC professionals a call at 360-205-7115 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro support, we’ll help you choose the right solution for your needs and budget.