If you’re questioning whether your Jefferson City home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent sources of inferior IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your residence, we advise talking with a professional like Stieferman Heating Company Inc about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors emitted from regular 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 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 area, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times higher than the air outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s instructions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help vapors disappear faster.

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

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to provide powerful filtration. Some kinds have hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Musty odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your house is pulling 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 better.

An air purification system is placed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your household healthy by wiping out most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two kinds of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more details on which kind is ideal for your house.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory troubles.

Our pros suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a severe health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It can be deadly in heavy levels.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to make sure your unit is working properly. This job allows our pros to pinpoint troubles before they get bigger, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best approach to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living areas.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Stieferman Heating Company Inc Specialists

Aware that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 573-635-3547 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you choose the ideal equipment for your needs and budget.