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

If you’re unsure whether your Saint Petersburg home has bad 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 houses could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which can create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common sources of inferior IAQ, the issues they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we recommend consulting with a specialist like Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals released by everyday household products.

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

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

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

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when using paint or cleaning supplies. Unlatching a window can help vapors dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit collaborates with your heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air. When looking for a model, make sure 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 continually gets moved by your home’s HVAC unit. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy a better air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution connects with your HVAC system to give mighty filtration. Some kinds offer hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Musty odors can hang around for an extended amount of time because your home is taking in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t an option, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our experts for more information on which type is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity stays steady. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

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

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, 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 fatal in large amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is working like it should. This job allows our technicians to spot troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc Specialists

Know that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 727-369-6195 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the best option for your home and budget.

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Hale’s AC has been serving Pinellas Co for over 30 years and we will continue to take care of your air conditioning and heating needs during this unprecedented time. As an essential business, we are here for you. We are taking every available precaution to keep our customers and employees safe.

We appreciate you as a customer and ask for your patience and understanding. We will continue to provide our very best service to you.

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