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How Can I Tell if My Homes Air Quality is Bad?

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

We spend a lot of time inside. 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 could create long-term health issues.

Most Common Sources of Bad IAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequent sources of bad IAQ, the issues they create and how you can fix these indoor air pollutants. If you’re troubled by the air inside your home, we suggest talking with a specialist like Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning about which products are best for your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are fumes leaked by 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 collect indoors, they can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. They can also result in 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 outdoors.

Always adhere to the manufacturer’s directions when painting or cleaning. Opening a window can help odors disappear more rapidly.

Air purification systems can also improve your air. This equipment collaborates with your heating and cooling system to enhance indoor air. When hunting for a model, ensure it’s specifically made to wipe out VOCs.

Dust and Pet Dander

Dust and pet dander can trigger health problems like asthma and allergies, especially when it continually gets redistributed by your house’s comfort unit. While you can vacuum more regularly and install an enhanced air filter, an air filtration system might be a better match.

This solution hooks to your heating and cooling equipment to give powerful filtration. Some models have hospital-grade filtration for removing particles and bioaerosols.

Persistent Odors

New houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility bill, it’s not so good for your IAQ.

Stuffy odors can hang around for an extended amount of time because your house is taking in reduced fresh air. Because 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 installed in your HVAC system to eliminate odors before they are redistributed. Search for one with a carbon filter and the capability to break down dangerous VOCs. This equipment can also help keep your family healthy by wiping out most bacteria and ordinary allergy triggers like pollen and mold spores.

A ventilation system takes out musty indoor air and substitutes it with crisp outdoor air. There are two types of systems (heat recovery and energy recovery), so ask our pros for more info on which solution is ideal for your residence.

Unsteady Humidity

It’s important your house’s humidity remains steady. Air that’s too moist can create mold, while dry air can lead to respiratory symptoms.

Our specialists advise 40–50% for the best comfort. To keep yours even, consider installing a whole-home humidifier or whole-home dehumidifier with your HVAC system.

Rather than having to pull a humidifier from room to room, this equipment provides balanced humidity throughout your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is clear gas you can’t smell. It’s caused by insufficient combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters or fireplaces.

It causes an extreme health risk. In small amounts, it can cause flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be lethal in large levels.

We advise regular furnace maintenance to double-check your system is running properly. This work allows our techs to spot troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

The best method to keep your residence free of carbon monoxide is to install detectors. These alarms need to be on each floor near bedrooms and living rooms.

Better Your Residence’s Air Quality with the Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning Professionals

Aware that your residence has bad 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 204-272-8128 or contact us online right away. With free estimates and expert service, we’ll help you find the right equipment for your needs and budget.

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