If you’re questioning whether your Oxford residence has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), it possibly 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 homes could be 2–5 times more polluted than outdoors, which could create long-term health concerns.

Most Common Sources of Poor IAQ

We’ve made a list of the most ordinary sources of inferior 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 home, we suggest consulting with a pro like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc about which products are ideal for your house.

Volatile Organic Compounds

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

They’re found in paint and stains along with:

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

When these chemicals accumulate inside, they might irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They may also cause headaches and nausea. Regardless of whether your house 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.

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

Air purification systems can also make it better. This equipment partners with your heating and cooling unit to improve indoor air. When looking for one, ensure it’s specifically created to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continuously gets moved by your residence’s comfort system. While you can vacuum more regularly and buy an improved air filter, an air filtration system might be a better fit.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to deliver strong filtration. Some models provide hospital-level filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Lasting Odors

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

Stale odors can hang around for a greater amount of time since 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 fresher.

An air purification system is placed in your ductwork to neutralize odors before they recirculate. Look for one with a carbon filter and the ability to break down dangerous VOCs. These systems can also help keep your loved ones healthy by eliminating most bacteria and normal allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and exchanges it with fresh outdoor air. There are two models of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our professionals for more information on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Uneven Humidity

It’s critical your home’s humidity stays even. Air that’s too moist can cause mold, while dry air can cause respiratory troubles.

Our professionals suggest 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours in balance, think about getting a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling equipment.

In place of having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment delivers consistent humidity around your house.

Carbon Monoxide

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

It produces an extreme health risk. In low levels, it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in big amounts.

We advise annual furnace maintenance to double-check your equipment is operating properly. This service allows our techs to discover issues before they begin, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your home free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on all floors close to bedrooms and living spaces.

Enhance Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc Experts

Aware that your home has poor air quality but not sure how to improve it? Or unsure which product is ideal for you? Give our approachable HVAC specialists a call at 662-281-1231 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and professional support, we’ll help you locate the best solution for your home and budget.