If you’re unsure whether your Weatherford home has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. In fact, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary origins of poor IAQ, the problems they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a specialist like Parker County Cooling & Heating about which solutions are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes 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 fumes accumulate inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your home is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times higher than the air outside your home.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help chemicals disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your home’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more routinely and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your comfort equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models offer hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

Modern residences are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system removes stuffy indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity remains even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, consider getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC equipment.

In place of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent 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 produces a severe health risk. In little levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to double-check your system is working smoothly. This service allows our specialists to pinpoint troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on each floor near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Parker County Cooling & Heating Pros

Know that your home has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC experts a call at 817-380-5213 or contact us online today. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the best option for your family and budget.