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3 Household Items That Impact Indoor Air Quality
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Homeowner, cleaning chemicals, and pet

Sometimes it’s the things we don’t think of that can have the biggest impact, especially when it comes to our indoor air quality. You might be surprised to know there are a number of common household items that could be affecting the air you breathe.

Here’s a short list of the three most common threats to healthy indoor air quality:

#1: Pets and Their Hair and Dander

No one is getting rid of their pets because they affect indoor air quality, but it’s good to be aware of the fact that pet hair and pet dander are one of the most common factors that can affect your air. A good HVAC filter or an air filtration system can remove all or most of the air pollutants from your pets.

#2: Household Cleaning Products

Many cleaning products, including aerosol sprays and cleaners containing bleach, emit VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds. These compounds evaporate and become dangerous gases that can linger in your indoor air. Exposure to VOCs can result in respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, and other allergic reactions. The right air filtration or purification can clean your air of these dangerous pollutants.

#3: Carpeting, Furniture, and Upholstery

It can be shocking to discover that many of the items we use to decorate our homes are made with elements that can cause indoor air pollution. Materials that are high in VOCs, plastics, synthetic materials, or that use glues or other adhesives, can emit toxic compounds into your air.

The most common emission is formaldehyde, which can cause irritation of the nose and throat as well as respiratory issues including asthma, and is especially dangerous to those with suppressed immune systems. Filtering these toxins out of the air is vital to a healthy home.

You don’t have to clear everything out of your home to have cleaner air. With the right filtration and purification systems in place, you can breathe easier without giving up the comforts of your house. To talk to the pros about the most effective way to improve your indoor air quality, contact our team at All City Heat & Air.

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