There was a time when we thought that outdoor air pollution was best avoided by staying indoors. While that may be true in certain parts of the world at different times, the majority of pollution we’re exposed to can be found right in our homes. What exactly are these pollutants and how do they affect us? Here’s a basic rundown of the contaminants that lurk in the air you breathe at home.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from certain liquids and solids at room temperature. Some of these are toxic and lead to illnesses like cancer. Aerosols, paints, building materials and air fresheners can all give off VOCs.
While technically not a pollutant, carbon dioxide becomes a problem gas when levels get too high. A buildup in your home can cause headaches and fatigue and in extreme cases, nausea and vomiting. If you find yourself struggling to shake “brain fog” even though you’ve slept for nine hours, high levels of carbon dioxide might be the culprit.
Particles in the air like dust and allergens can irritate your nose and throat as well as intensify the symptoms of the common cold. Second hand tobacco, smoke from cooking and a wood-burning fireplace can settle in the lungs and cause both short and long term respiratory issues.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs in nature. It can build up in your home and lead to cancer so ensuring that radon levels stay low is a critical part of keeping your family safe.
When you clean your home with chemical cleaners, you might be causing more harm than good to your family’s health. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice a clean home. Maintain adequate ventilation and choose safer options to keep your family safe.
Pets shed dead skin just like we do. Unfortunately, these particles can cause allergic reactions and can, over time, lead to respiratory issues. You have to take special care to ensure your home’s air system is kept clean so you and your pets can breathe easier.
Viruses and bacteria
Another invisible enemy, viruses and bacteria can devastate your family. As we all discovered, there are worse things than the common cold. Protect your family by ensuring that these pathogens don’t get a chance to multiply.
If you’re concerned about the air pollution in your home, give us a call and we can help boost your indoor air quality with the right ventilation system.