If you’re uncertain whether your Croydon home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably 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 homes could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of poor IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we advise talking with a professional like Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC about which options are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these vapors accumulate inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these chemicals can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also better your air. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When looking 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 continually gets recirculated by your house’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some kinds provide hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Modern houses are closely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

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

An air purification system is put in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more details on which kind is ideal for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too humid can lead to mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

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

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless gas you can’t smell. It’s a byproduct of insufficient combustion in fuel-burning units, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It presents an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working properly. This job allows our pros to see problems before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms should be on each floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC Pros

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 215-741-5505 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the right equipment for your needs and budget.