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

If you’re questioning whether your Tucson residence has unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We spend much of our time indoors. In fact, we’re indoors up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside residences could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which may lead to long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most ordinary sources of bad IAQ, the issues they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re worried about the air inside your house, we advise consulting with a specialist like Ambient Air about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes released by everyday household items.

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

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

When these chemicals build up in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying paint or spraying cleaning products. Unlatching a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit works with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When looking for a system, check that it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets moved by your residence’s heating and cooling equipment. While you can vacuum more routinely and get an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better solution.

This equipment connects with your comfort unit to deliver mighty filtration. Some types provide hospital-grade filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lingering Odors

New homes are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling bill, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Musty odors can stay around longer because your home is taking in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two ways you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the capability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment 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 removes musty indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our specialists for more information on which kind is ideal for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s essential your house’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

Our techs suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours even, think over installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your comfort system.

In place of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this solution provides even humidity around your home.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes an extreme health risk. In small concentrations, it can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It could be deadly in heavy levels.

We suggest yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is running smoothly. This job allows our specialists to pinpoint issues before they start, including malfunctions that can cause carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Better Your Home’s Air Quality with the Ambient Air Specialists

Know that your residence has poor air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which product is best for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 520-201-3871 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional service, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your needs and budget.

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