If you’re unsure whether your Port Clinton house has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it likely does.

We are indoors a lot. In 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 may create long-term health problems.

Most Common Sources of Unsatisfactory IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most common causes of bad IAQ, the troubles they make and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re concerned about the air inside your house, we suggest chatting with a specialist like Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. about which options are a good fit for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from everyday household things.

They’re found in paint and stains as well as:

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

When these fumes accumulate inside, they may irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They might also create headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your residence 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 outdoors.

Always use the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Cracking a window can help fumes dissipate faster.

Air purification systems can also make it better. This system partners with your heating and cooling equipment to enhance indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically made to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it constantly gets recirculated by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more routinely and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system may be a better match.

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver mighty filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

Newer residences are closely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not ideal for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can stay around for a greater amount of time because your house is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. As keeping your windows open all year-round isn’t a possibility, here are two approaches you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is installed in your HVAC system to wipe out odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the power to break down damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by eliminating most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out stuffy indoor air and exchanges it with crisp outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more info on which kind is right for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

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

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

Instead of having to lug a humidifier from room to room, this product 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 severe health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It could be fatal in big levels.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to ensure your equipment is operating like it should. This service allows our professionals to spot troubles before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best way to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms should be on each floor by bedrooms and living spaces.

Improve Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. Specialists

Informed that your residence has bad air quality but not sure how to enhance it? Or unsure which option is best for you? Give our friendly HVAC experts a call at 419-465-8722 or contact us online today. With free estimates and pro assistance, we’ll help you choose the ideal option for your family and budget.