What Causes Your Poor Indoor Air Quality

June 18, 2019

 

First we will go over some of the common causes of poor indoor air quality, then we will discuss some ways you can prevent it.

 

You probably think that the air in your home is a safe haven - however you would be surprised to know that typically the air outside is much cleaner and healthier.

 

Your indoor air quality can contribute to allergy problems, asthma attacks, sinus issues, and more. 

 

Some of the common culprits include:

Pesticides

Whether you’ve sprayed them outdoors or even around window seals to prevent insects, they have found their way in your home. Even if you don’t use them, you can track them inside from the soles of your shoes. The pesticide residue then is tracked onto your carpet and throughout your home, making its way into the air that you breathe.

 

Formaldehyde

This is a chemical that is found in upholstery materials, wood paneling, and even in carpet adhesive. It makes its way into your air and is another contributor to poor indoor air quality.

 

Cigarette Smoke

We all have heard the damage that cigarette smoke can do to our bodies. With hundreds of toxic chemicals in the smoke, it’s a no-brainer how this can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

 

Polyurethane

This is a common chemical found on furniture finishes and toys. It is also found inside of mattresses. You’ve probably heard of it being sprayed on things to protect surfaces and offer a degree of water damage protection.

 

Fire Retardants - Polybrominated biphenyl & Polychlorinated biphenyl

These chemicals are often sprayed on objects to help with fire prevention. Anything plastic or with foam has these chemicals. Think your TV, furniture, toys, computers…

 

Household cleaning supplies

Those same chemicals you depend on to keep your home clean also make their way into your air. Think fabric refreshers, toilet cleaners, bath and shower sprays, carpet foams…

 

Pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and other insects

All of these can add up to poor indoor air quality and affect your breathing and allergies!

 

Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality

 

A lot of these symptoms are overlooked and their causes are attributed to other factors such as colds or otherwise. However if left alone they can lead to more serious health issues.

-Irritation of eyes, ears, nose, or throat

-Dry skin or sinuses

-Coughing or other respiratory issues

-Skin rashes

-Nausea, headaches, or migraines

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Here are the simple and effective ways you can improve your home’s indoor air quality.

 

-Invest in an air purifier

Whether you get one for each room or invest in a whole-home air purifier, there is a solution that works for you. We have maintenance-free, set it and forget it air purifiers that clean your entire home’s air!

 

-Try to use cleaning agents that are free from harsh chemicals

Do your research and find cleaning products that are better for your home and environment!

 

-Schedule Projects & Renovations for when people aren’t home

Take the schedule of your home into consideration when having projects completed. Don’t forget to make sure the contractors clean up after themselves!

 

-Clean filters, air ducts, and registers regularly

Make sure the air you breathe is as clean as possible. Change or clean your filter regularly (depending on if you have a permanent or disposable filter). Set a reminder so you don’t forget. Schedule an air duct cleaning periodically. The frequency of your air duct cleaning will depend upon the size of your home, the home’s age, whether or not there are pets, and other factors. We can give you some insight on your duct cleaning needs if you have any questions. Also ensure that your registers are clear of dust and debris.

 

If you'd like to discuss your options for improving your home's indoor air quality, give us a call, email us, or find us on social media! We'd be happy to set up a time to come out and evaluate your indoor air quality and give you options on how we can improve it for you.

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