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

If you’re uncertain whether your Laguna Niguel home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. 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 may result in long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of poor IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a expert like Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating about which options are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a system, check that it’s specifically designed to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This equipment connects with your comfort equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Newer residences are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around longer since your residence is pulling in less fresh air. As keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t a possibility, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our technicians for more info on which kind is ideal for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s essential your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory concerns.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort unit.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this equipment gives consistent humidity throughout your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In little amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is running properly. This job allows our techs to spot troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating Experts

Know that your house has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 949-525-9119 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you locate the ideal solution for your family and budget.

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