If you’re uncertain whether your Crown Point home has bad indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In fact, we’re indoors 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 might create long-term health problems.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of inferior IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we recommend talking with a expert like Struven Heating & Cooling about which products are a good fit for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

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

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

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your house’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver powerful filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility costs, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your residence is pulling in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open throughout the year isn’t an option, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ducts to neutralize odors before they get released again. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down damaging VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which type is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

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

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

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers balanced humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It creates a serious health risk. In small levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in large amounts.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is working like it should. This job allows our specialists to discover problems before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Struven Heating & Cooling Experts

Informed that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 219-292-0956 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert assistance, we’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your home and budget.