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

If you’re uncertain whether your Las Vegas house has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

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

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they create and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we advise talking with a pro like Polar Air & Heating, Inc. about which solutions are ideal for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular household things.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these vapors build up inside, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help chemicals disperse more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets recirculated by your home’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This solution works with your HVAC system to provide strong filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stick around for an extended amount of time since your home is taking in less fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our technicians for more details on which kind is ideal for your house.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our pros recommend 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, consider buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

Instead of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides consistent 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 poses an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be lethal in large concentrations.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is operating smoothly. This job allows our technicians to find troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Polar Air & Heating, Inc. Specialists

Know that your house has bad air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which option is right for you? Give our approachable HVAC professionals a call at 702-623-0579 or contact us online now. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your family and budget.

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