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How Can I Tell if My Homes Air Quality is Bad?

If you’re questioning whether your Shreveport home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly does.

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, we’re indoors 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 contaminated than outdoors, which might create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior IAQ, the problems they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we recommend talking with a pro like Moon's Air about which options are best for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals leaked by everyday household items.

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

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

When these vapors accumulate inside, they might 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 worse than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help chemicals disappear more quickly.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling unit to clean indoor air. When looking for one, make sure it’s specifically made 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 redistributed by your residence’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better solution.

This unit hooks to your comfort system to provide powerful filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy expenses, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time since your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell cleaner.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Search for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down harmful VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more details on which solution is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory issues.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours steady, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides even humidity across your residence.

Carbon Monoxide

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

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

We advise regular furnace maintenance to make sure your system is operating like it should. This work allows our professionals to find troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your house free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms must be on all floors close to bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Moon's Air Pros

Know that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC professionals a call at 318-215-7938 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the right option for your home and budget.

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