Top Indoor Air Pollutants (& How to Reduce Them!)
Indoor air quality is an important part of providing a healthy and happy home for ourselves and our families. The air we breathe not only makes life possible in the first place, but when it’s clean it makes us happier to enjoy that life even more. Unfortunately, American homes tend to have really poor air quality inside, and given that we spend a majority of our time in our houses, this can mean real problems for our health over time. So take a couple minutes to read here about the top indoor air pollutants and how to reduce them. Your lungs, your entire body, and your loved ones will all say a huge “thank you!”
THE MOST COMMON INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS
🔸 Pollen. Year-round, depending on where you live, pollen and other allergens can collect inside your home and cause all kinds of reactions – everything from watery eyes and sneezing to more serious problems like rashes and respiratory issues.
🔸 Dander. People and animals bring all kinds of substances into a home, including their own skin and hair, which flakes or falls off and contaminates the indoor environment and ultimately the air you breathe.
🔸 Toxic chemicals. Everything from paint to cleaning agents can introduce highly toxic chemicals into your indoor air environment, and therefore into your lungs and other internal organs. Make sure these chemicals are stored outside of your living spaces.
🔸 Secondhand smoke. Even if you smoke outside your home, you’ll still be dragging in toxic particles on your clothes and your skin and hair. Over time these leftover bits of smoke can cause serious health problems for you and your loved ones.
🔸 Radon. This radioactive gas can come into your home through the foundation as uranium in the ground breaks down through natural processes. According to the U.S. EPA and Surgeon General, radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.
🔸 Carbon monoxide. Just like radon, this colorless, odorless gas can be deadly if it gets to high enough concentration levels. Thankfully, this threat can be identified with a very inexpensive detector available at any local home improvement store.
🔸 Mold. When the temperature and humidity conditions are just right, and a little bit of spores are allowed to start developing, a moldy spot can follow very quickly.
✅ Air out your home regularly. Minimizing your exposure to indoor pollution can be as simple as opening those doors and windows every once in a while to get some fresh air introduced back into your home. Sure, the air conditioner or furnace might run a little longer to get things back to the temperature you like afterwards, but an extra dollar on your utility bills is way cheaper than a stack of medical bills because you kept breathing recirculated air that only continued to collect toxins over time in a closed environment.
✅ Clean your home regularly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but as busy Americans we often don’t make the time we should to properly clean and disinfect our homes. So instead of giving into the temptation to skip a week of routine cleaning, make sure that you’re wiping down or at least inspecting every surface in your home for evidence of any water damage, mold issues, or other problems that could impact your indoor air quality. You should also never miss a filter change for your HVAC system, because it’s going to do so much work for you in collecting particles of dust, lint, dander, and so many other kinds of substances that can have a negative impact on your health.
✅ Consult with a professional if you have questions. Since 1994, AdvantaClean has been improving indoor air quality in American homes and businesses across the country. Our locally-owned locations are filled with people who are passionate about giving their neighbors the gift of cleaner, fresher air for life with family and friends. Let us give you the most comprehensive and thorough air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services you’ll find anywhere – and, for the best prices and value in the industry. Our powerful HEPA-filtered suction systems ensure that all the dust, pollen, dirt, lint, dander and every other kind of dirt and debris is eliminated from your indoor environment. This will also improve your utility bills by making your HVAC and dryer systems more efficient, and it will give you the peace of mind in knowing that you and your loved ones are breathing the best air possible. We’re standing by now to serve you, so get in touch with us today. We’re just a call or a click away – it’s not clean until it’s AdvantaClean!
More info? For more simple tips to improve indoor air quality, read our post BEST INDOOR PLANTS FOR AIR QUALITY AND LOW LIGHTS
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