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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 worse than outdoors, which might create long-term health problems.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary sources of bad 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 products 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 fumes collect 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 greater than the air outside.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling system to clean indoor air. When looking for a system, 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 moved by your house’s HVAC system. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system could be a better fit.

This unit connects with your heating and cooling system to provide powerful filtration. Some types have hospital-quality filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

Newer residences are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stale odors can stick around for a greater amount of time since your residence is taking in reduced fresh air. As 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 power to break down harmful 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 musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our specialists for more details on which solution is right for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

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

Our experts advise 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours steady, think about buying a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this product provides even humidity around 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 presents a severe health risk. In low amounts, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working properly. This job allows our technicians to see issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to put in detectors. These alarms need to 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 enhance it? 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 support, we’ll help you choose the right option for your family and budget.

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