Five Major Indoor Air Pollutants That Affect Your Air Quality

Many air pollutants can make their way into your home that can affect the health of you and your family. The ventilation from your HVAC system can help remove or dilute indoor airborne pollutants. Filters from your system can trap most nuisance and harmful particulates.

Here are some of the major indoor air pollutants that could be in your home, affecting your air quality.

1. Excessive Moisture

Wherever there is too much moisture, over time, you will find mold, mildew, and dust mites. These can cause asthma, allergies, destroy wood products, and accelerate the rusting of metal building components. The number one moisture problem occurs when warm moist air encounters a cool surface such as a mirror, window, or the wall of a cooler space.

Moisture can affect a person’s comfort. Too much moisture when it is warm outside, creates a “cold-clammy” feeling inside. Too little moisture when it is cold outside can also be unhealthy and uncomfortable.

2. Radon

Radon can be found in your home, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. It is a radioactive gas that is generated naturally in the soil and enters the house from the ground. There are test kits available to determine if you have any radon gas in your home.

3. Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Other Combustion Products

Another gas that can hurt you in your home is Carbon Monoxide (CO). It is produced from gas-fired appliances, such as furnaces, water heaters, ranges, and some dryers if they are not properly vented to the outside. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, toxic gas that can be fatal. It is highly recommended to get a well-designed CO detector for your home.

4. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs are organic chemicals which at an ordinary room temperature, have a high vapor pressure. Some of the most harmful VOCs are formaldehyde, which can be emitted by building materials and furnishings (such as furniture and carpets), pesticides, gasoline from the garage. Possible examples of VOCs that may be in your home are formaldehyde, benzene, ethylene glycol, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, xylene, and 1,3-butadiene.

5. Tobacco Smoke

Smoking is a significant health risk for the actual smoker and the passive non-smoker that live around the smoker. Smoke produces harmful gases and particles and is detrimental to your health and indoor air quality.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

To improve your indoor air quality, have Heating and Air Conditioning Company perform routine HVAC maintenance. Make sure your system is clean and free from leaks or poor ventilation. Our quality HVAC technicians can reduce airborne pollutants and allergens. Preventative maintenance is the key to a healthy HVAC system and a comfortable, happy indoor environment.

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