Good indoor air quality is important in every home because polluted indoor air is a major cause of poor health. Identifying and correcting the causes of indoor air pollution will keep you comfortable and healthy. Read on to understand the four main causes of poor indoor air quality and what you can do to improve it in your Buford, GA, home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Most household cleaning products, paints, solvents, aerosol sprays and air fresheners contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as xylene, formaldehyde and acetone. These compounds will evaporate in the air during storage and when we use them around the house. Sometimes, these cleaning products will react with the air to form more harmful chemicals.

Exposing your family to VOCs puts them at risk of developing respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. Products containing these compounds aren’t safe for people with long-term lung conditions.

To reduce health complications, purchase cleaning agents that are free from heavy chemical products or consider other ways of cleaning. Store products containing VOCs in a shed or other area as far as possible from rooms where household members spend their time.

Biological Agents

Some common biological agents causing indoor pollution include pet dander, pollen, bacteria and viruses. When these pollutants fill the air, they may irritate the nose and throat and trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Sometimes, these pollutants cause long-term health effects such as lung infections.

To prevent contamination from biological agents, use a dehumidifier to control moisture that allows spores and bacteria to thrive. If pets share your living area, bathe them regularly, or purchase an air purifier to trap pollutants and clean the air.

Carpet Fumes

Many new carpets release chemicals such as vinyl through a method known as off-gassing. These chemical products cause health complications such as nausea, headaches and shortness of breath. Children and household members suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma may have a difficult time adjusting.

Ventilate your home as much as possible for up to three days after installing the carpet. Keep windows open, turn on fans, or use an air purifier. If this doesn’t work, consider removing the carpet or purchasing a carpet made from natural fiber.

Second-Hand Smoke

Tobacco products such as pipes, cigars and cigarettes give off second-hand smoke when burned. According to MedicineNet, exposure to second-hand smoke can cause serious health complications in adults and children, including cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Opening windows to increase ventilation doesn’t solve the problems caused by second-hand smoke because this smoke can move between rooms and apartments.

Fortunately, by removing contaminants and maintaining proper moisture levels, you can maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Contact us at Pruitt Heating & Air, Inc., and talk to our experts about improving your indoor air quality in Buford, GA.

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