Many homeowners don’t realize that indoor air can be twice as polluted as outdoor air. Enclosed spaces, after all, can trap indoor air pollutants. On average, people spend 90% of their time at work, at home or in other indoor spaces. This is one reason why it’s imperative to take steps to ensure the quality of indoor air.
Today The Ice-Man, your local heating and air conditioning repair pros, shines a light on the common sources of indoor air pollution and ways to fight them.
Where Do Indoor Air Pollutants Come From?
Surprisingly, the sources of indoor air pollution come from things that people use or encounter every day. Below are some of the most common ones:
- Tobacco Smoke – Smoke coming out of the burning ends of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as smoke exhaled out of an outdoor smoker, contains compounds that are known to cause adverse health effects, particularly to non-smokers. Smoking also leaves nicotine stains and odors on fabric and other surfaces.
- Volatile Organic Compounds – Also known as VOCs, these are substances emitted from common household items and goods such as carpeting, cabinetry, furniture, paint, cleaners and electronics through a process called off-gassing.
- Exhaust – Furnaces, fireplaces and stoves burn fuel for heat, emitting exhaust that contains soot and carbon monoxide. Like VOCs, these byproducts are harmful to one’s health.
- Biological Agents – Poor indoor air quality is also caused by airborne pollutants like pollen, animal dander and mold. Exposure to any of these could lead to various upper respiratory illnesses.
Ways to Combat Indoor Air Pollutants
The good news is, there are many things you can do to combat indoor air pollution. Ensuring proper ventilation is one of the most important because this prevents airborne particulates from staying scattered in the indoor air for long. Inspecting your heating unit or air conditioner is also a must. Clean or replace air filters if you haven’t done so recently. Consider investing in a humidifier/dehumidifier system to limit the spread of mold and maintain acceptable levels of indoor humidity.
Quitting smoking is the best way to prevent secondhand smoke from polluting the interior of your home. If this isn’t possible, smoke on the patio or deck. Also, open the windows for a few minutes each day to let fresh air in and stale air out.
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