If you’re questioning whether your Georgetown residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it probably does.

We are indoors a lot. In reality, we’re in a building up to 90% of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And the air inside homes could be 2–5 times worse than outdoors, which could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of poor IAQ, the troubles they cause and how you can remedy these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we recommend consulting with a professional like Miller Climate Control LLC about which products are best for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted from regular household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate in your home, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also lead to headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house is in a rural or industrial space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these fumes can be 2–5 times worse than the air outside your home.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help fumes disappear faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This system partners with your heating and cooling system to freshen indoor air. When seeking one, ensure it’s specifically made 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 system. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This unit hooks to your comfort equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for eliminating particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

New houses are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy expenses, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

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

An air purification system is installed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to eliminate damaging VOCs. These systems can also help keep your family healthy by getting rid of most bacteria and common allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out musty indoor air and substitutes it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of equipment (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which kind is right for your home.

Unbalanced Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains even. Air that has too much moisture can cause mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for ideal comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC unit.

Instead of having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this solution delivers balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It causes a serious health risk. In low levels, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be fatal in heavy levels.

We recommend regular furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is running smoothly. This job allows our specialists to spot troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with the Miller Climate Control LLC Specialists

Aware that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to make it better? Or unsure which solution is right for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 512-937-2001 or contact us online today. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you find the best option for your needs and budget.