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

We are indoors a lot. As a matter of fact, we’re inside 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 polluted than outdoors, which can create long-term health issues.

Most Common Causes of Bad IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most common causes 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 advise consulting with a professional like Total Assurance AC & Heating about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors leaked by everyday household products.

They’re found in paint and stains in addition to:

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in 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 follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Cracking a window can help odors disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also help. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can irritate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your home’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more regularly and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This unit hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to provide strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stale odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in reduced fresh air. As keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the capability to wipe out harmful VOCs. These units can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with clean outdoor air. There are two kinds of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more information on which type is right for your residence.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can create respiratory concerns.

Our specialists suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours steady, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort equipment.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers even humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It poses an extreme health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in big concentrations.

We advise yearly furnace maintenance to make sure your system is running smoothly. This job allows our specialists to see problems before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to get detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors near bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your Home’s Air Quality with the Total Assurance AC & Heating Professionals

Informed that your house has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our friendly HVAC specialists a call at 361-217-7080 or contact us online now. With free estimates and expert support, we’ll help you find the ideal option for your home and budget.