If you’re questioning whether your Belton home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely 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 houses could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary causes of inferior IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your residence, we suggest talking with a expert like Myers Furnace Company about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might 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 fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help chemicals disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure it’s specifically designed to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your HVAC equipment to provide mighty filtration. Some models have hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New residences are closely sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell better.

An air purification system is put in your ducts to eliminate odors before they get released again. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down damaging VOCs. These systems 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 replaces it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which solution is best for your home.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can lead to mold, while dry air can cause respiratory issues.

Our pros suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider 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 equipment delivers balanced humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy amounts.

We suggest regular furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is working like it should. This job allows our professionals to see issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Myers Furnace Company Experts

Know that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which option is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC pros a call at 816-249-1619 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your home and budget.