In simple terms, indoor air quality refers to the quality of air within your home or office space. Ensuring high quality air inside your home is essential to avoiding health issues associated with air pollutants. Even though factories and other carbon emissions are mostly to blame for poor outdoor air quality, what most people don’t know is that the quality of air inside their homes can often be worse than the air outside.
Poor indoor air quality poses a huge health risk to Americans across the country, which is why is it so important to know exactly what the culprits of poor indoor air quality are. Being aware of potential causes of indoor pollution will not only lead you to improve the quality of the air you breathe, but also your lifestyle and well-being.
So what are the main culprits of bad indoor air quality?
- Combustion: This is perhaps one of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality. Gas stoves and, obviously to a lesser extent in Florida, fireplaces and furnaces release large amounts of carbon monoxide, which is extremely harmful to the human body.
- Chemicals: In many cases we don’t realize that we are bringing harmful or dangerous chemicals straight through our doors and into our homes. Chemicals such as polyurethane and formaldehyde are often used in the making of indoor furniture and mattresses and can be released into your air when used.
- Mold and allergens: Mold and mildew buildup is common in damp, dark areas and should be seen to immediately. Not only do damp areas promote the growth of mold, but fungi and viruses also thrive in these areas and may lead to health issues such as asthma and allergies.
- Poor ventilation: This is an extremely common problem in homes across America. Poor ventilation allows for toxins and air pollutants to stay stagnant in your home, which lowers the quality of the air drastically. In Florida, we rely on our AC systems to keep us cool all year round. This means that our windows and doors stay closed as often as possible in order to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on open windows for good ventilation – just make sure that air vents, ducts, and your air conditioner’s filters are kept clean and free of debris to ensure proper airflow throughout your home.
- Volatile Organic Compounds: VOC’s are gases that are emitted from chemicals found in many common household products. Paints, aerosol sprays, cleansers, and air fresheners are a few of the most common sources of VOC’s. Even products such dry cleaned clothes and carpet dyes contribute to the quality of air within your home
- Radon: Whether you have been living in your home for years or you’ve just moved into your new dream home, test your home for radon. This colorless, odorless, radioactive gas has been known to be the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the U.S and comes from the natural decay of uranium found in soil.
Now that you know about the causes of bad indoor air quality, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to improve the quality of air inside your home. At Art Plumbing, AC and Electric we make it easy for you by providing your home with a unique personal air treatment plan that filters out harmful contaminants. Our Comfort Consultants promise to make sure that you and your family are breathing in the highest quality air, ensuring that bad air days are a thing of the past.