Five Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
We all want to breathe clean air anytime we can. However, the quality of the air outside is not always in our control. Automobile traffic, industry, pollen and humidity are just some of the issues impacting outdoor air. Thank goodness the air inside is always clean … right?
More polluted than the air outdoors
Unfortunately, the air inside our homes is often more polluted than the air outside. Because of a lack of fresh air indoors, concentrations of outdoor pollution and pollution created inside can build up to toxic levels. Here are just a few of the sources of indoor pollution
1. Combustion Sources: You might not have a city bus in your home — but that doesn’t mean the air is free from similar pollutants including carbon monoxide, radon and super fine particulates. These pollutants come from gas stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces and space heaters
2. Building Materials: Especially in new homes, the materials used to construct the home vaporize or “off-gas,” and enter the air. Formaldehyde from cabinets, furniture tops and sub floors are just a few examples
3. Our Pets: We may love our pets, but their presence does impact the air we breathe. Animals shed hair and their dander is a significant source of irritation for those suffering from asthma. Indoor/outdoor pets also bring in significant amounts of additional allergy triggers including pollen.
4. Other Biological Agents: Mold and mildew in the home from excess humidity can also create unpleasant smells and aggravate respiratory conditions. Viruses and bacteria can also be in the air indoors
5. Dust: While many indoor air pollutants are invisible, we’ve all seen dust floating in the air in front of a window or light. That “dust” is made up of dander, dust mite materials, skin cells and more. Even if it doesn’t aggravate any health conditions — it’s just plain gross!
You can have a healthy home
While we can’t control the air outside, we can manage it indoors. Whole-home Indoor Air Quality solutions provide you and your family the ability to remove dust, dander, pollen and other particulates. Additionally, bringing in fresh air can help lower concentrations of VOC (volatile organic compounds) and reduce humidity.
To find out the quality of the air in your home and how you can improve it, contact an expert in your area who can help you select the correct solutions.