When you hear of air pollution, you probably think of smoggy streets in big cities. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your indoor air can is likely more polluted than outdoor air. Below are some of the threats to indoor air quality and how to resolve them.

High Humidity

Too much moisture in your home encourages the breeding of dust mites, bacteria, and organic growth. These tiny air contaminants affect the quality of your indoor air, and you end up breathing them. Moisture in your house could also promote the release of chemicals such as formaldehyde from household material.

Formaldehyde is an irritant colorless gas that affects the nose, eyes, skin, and throat. Chemicals and bacteria provoke allergic reactions, headaches, and fatigue. Invest in indoor air quality components with a built-in dehumidifier to monitor your home’s humidity levels.

Paint and VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) pose a threat to the quality of indoor air. A fresh coat of paint is an abundant source of VOCs and could cause health complications. Also, improper storage of VOC emitting products may lead to pollution.

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation in your home prevents proper circulation of fresh air from outside. Modern homes design come tightly sealed as a way of conserving energy and is a problem that prevents stale indoor air from escaping. Air becomes stagnant without proper ventilation, and contaminants will continually float around the house, lowering the air quality.

Such air causes discomfort, allergic reactions, and other health concerns. Energy recovery ventilators can bring in fresh air and reduce the amount of indoor air pollution.

Carpet Fumes

Vinyl backings and the adhesives used when installing a new carpet into your home may release air contaminant chemicals into the air. The chemicals lower the quality of air in a process known as off-gassing. They may trigger dizziness, headaches, nausea, asthma, and shortness of breath.

Although the major off-gassing process happens in the first few months, the chemical emission continues for up to five years. Invest in air purifiers to reduce the amount of air pollution.

Getting Rid of Pollutants

To keep quality indoor air at all times, ensure proper maintenance of your HVAC system. Also, use fewer toxic paints and cleaning products if possible and invest in IAQ products.

For more information about indoor air quality contact, the team at Bream’s Heating and Cooling Solutions.

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