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

We are indoors a lot. In reality, 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 might create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the most ordinary origins of bad IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your residence, we advise consulting with a specialist like Covington Air Systems about which options are a good fit for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are vapors released by regular 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 can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence is in a rural or industrial location, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines when using paint or cleaning supplies. Opening a window can help odors dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also better your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling unit to enhance indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically created to eradicate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets redistributed by your home’s comfort equipment. While you can vacuum more frequently and install an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better fit.

This equipment hooks to your HVAC equipment to give powerful filtration. Some types offer hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not very good for your IAQ.

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time because your house is pulling in reduced fresh air. Since 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 installed in your ducts to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Find one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stale indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so call our professionals for more details on which type is best for your home.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your residence’s humidity keeps even. Air that’s too humid can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory symptoms.

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

Rather than having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers even humidity across your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces a serious health risk. In small levels, it can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in large amounts.

We recommend yearly furnace maintenance to double-check your unit is running like it should. This service allows our techs to find problems before they begin, 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 must be on every floor by bedrooms and living areas.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Covington Air Systems Pros

Informed that your home has inferior air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is a good fit for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at (770) 462-5319 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your needs and budget.