If you’re unsure whether your Yukon residence 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 residences could be 2–5 times more contaminated than outdoors, which may create long-term health issues.

Most Common Origins of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most frequent causes of bad IAQ, the problems they create and how you can take care of these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your house, we suggest consulting with a specialist like Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are ideal for your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes emitted from common household items.

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these fumes accumulate inside, they can 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 space, an EPA study found indoor levels of these pollutants can be 2–5 times worse than the air outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when painting or cleaning. Unlatching a window can help fumes disperse faster.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This unit partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When seeking a system, ensure it’s specifically created to eliminate VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

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

This equipment hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to give strong filtration. Some types provide hospital-level filtration for getting rid of particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

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

Stuffy odors can stick around for a greater amount of time because your home is pulling in a smaller amount of fresh air. Since keeping your windows open all the time isn’t doable, here are two methods you can make your indoor air smell fresher.

An air purification system is put in your ductwork to wipe out odors before they are redistributed. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to eliminate damaging VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your loved ones healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system pulls out stuffy indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. There are two types of units (heat recovery and energy recovery), so check with our professionals for more info on which solution is best for your house.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your home’s humidity keeps even. Air that has too much moisture can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory troubles.

Our experts suggest 40–50% for top comfort. To keep yours even, think over getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling unit.

Rather than having to drag a humidifier from room to room, this product delivers consistent humidity throughout 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 causes a serious health risk. In small levels, it can create flu-like sickness like headaches and nausea. It can be fatal in heavy amounts.

We recommend annual furnace maintenance to ensure your unit is working smoothly. This service allows our professionals to find issues before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

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

Enhance Your House’s Air Quality with the Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning Professionals

Know that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which solution is best for you? Give our kind HVAC experts a call at 405-494-7444 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional assistance, we’ll help you choose the best equipment for your family and budget.