Updated: July 2023
It may be hard to tell if your Tampa home’s air quality is healthy or unhealthy. Now more than ever we are spending more time indoors, so staying on top of your air quality can have a significant impact on your health.
Most Common Reasons for Poor Air Quality
We’ve assembled a rundown of the most common reasons for poor indoor air quality in the home, the issues this may cause, and how you can fix it. Beyond this, we suggest talking with a professional to ensure your air quality is always as clean and pure as possible for the maximum well-being of you and your family.
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOCs are fumes that are constantly being released by everyday household items. They are most commonly found in paint and stains, but can also be found in furniture, carpet, materials, cleaning products, candles, air fresheners, and even cosmetics.
As these chemicals build up indoors when the house is sealed up and may begin to irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. They can even lead to headaches, nausea, and more serious health concerns. No matter if you live in a residential area, rural area, or even an industrial area, studies found that fumes are almost always higher inside your home than they are outside.
To learn more about protecting your home from VOCs, check out our blog on air purification systems.
Dust and Pet Dander
Things like dust and pet dander pose another way that particles can irritate your allergies and overall health. As many times as you dust, vacuum, and replace your air filter, an air filtration system might be the best solution to filtering out harmful or irritating pollutants in the air of your home.
All kinds of odors can stick around for an extended period when your house isn’t letting in as much fresh air as it should. An air purification system might be the best solution to redistribute air and eliminate musty odors. Systems with a carbon filter break down harmful toxins and keep you and your loved ones healthy.
It is vital to keep your home’s humidity evenly balanced. Air that has too much moisture can lead to mold, while dry air can create respiratory issues. Our technicians can make sure your humidity levels are balanced for ideal comfort and peace of mind.
Carbon monoxide is a gas you can’t see or smell and occurs when there’s incomplete combustion in fuel-burning equipment, like gas heating systems, water heaters, or fireplaces. Carbon Monoxide is an extreme health risk. In low amounts, it can create flu-like ailments like headaches and nausea. It may be deadly in heavy amounts.
We strongly advise annual maintenance to ensure your carbon monoxide detector is operating properly, to alert you to the presence of this harmful toxin in the air. This work allows our technicians to discover troubles before they start, including malfunctions that can create carbon monoxide leaks.
Being aware of your home’s air quality can save you money and most importantly, save your health. If you are unsure about the status of your air quality or which solution is right for you – Give our HVAC professionals a call at (813) 328-7320 today.