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Watch Out for These Major Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollutants create an unhealthy environment for you and your family. The longterm effects of indoor pollution are even more concerning. However, you could be unknowingly contributing to the problem. Here are a few of the most common sources of indoor air pollution.

Mold

Mold in your home is never a good sign. Some of the symptoms of mold exposure include a stuffy nose, watery eyes, and wheezing. The growth of this fungus typically stems from high humidity. Ideally, indoor humidity levels should be kept under 60 percent. To help reduce moisture, always run your exhaust fans while showering and cooking. You should also keep your home’s surfaces dry.

Air Fresheners

Over the years, air fresheners have remained popular. Unfortunately, these common household products can hurt your indoor air quality. Many are formulated with cancer-causing ingredients, including benzene and formaldehyde. From headaches to asthma flare-ups, several health problems are linked to air fresheners. The good news is that there are some great alternatives available. For starters, opening your windows for about 20 minutes a day can help the house to smell less stuffy. Boiling cinnamon or lemon peels will leave your home with a fresh scent.

Pollen

Pollen can definitely worsen indoor air quality. This is especially true for families who suffer from seasonal allergies. Although modern HVAC systems are designed to collect allergens, you must remember to change the filter every month. If you tend to get the sniffles more often than usual, your HVAC ducts may need to be professionally cleaned.

Chemical House Cleaners

House cleaning is important. However, using the wrong cleaning solution can contaminate the air. The toxic gases can linger for long periods of time. Before buying a cleaning product, the National Lung Association encourages consumers to research the list of ingredients. Always steer clear of products that contain bleach, ammonia, phthalates, butoxyethanol, and sulfuric acid. Search for botanical-based alternatives that are made with all-natural ingredients.

Carpet

Think twice about putting carpeting in your home. It can harbor dust, germs, and mold. Even worse, new carpet also can emit toxic fumes. If you truly want to improve your indoor air quality, opt to replace your carpet with hardwood flooring. While hardwood flooring can be a bit on the expensive side, vinyl plank and bamboo flooring are great substitutes.

For all of your indoor air quality needs, rely on Variable Comfort Solutions. To schedule an appointment, call (304) 986-4040.