Everyone is thrilled about the summer because of so many exciting things to do during the season. But while you’re busy thinking about what to include in your summer activity list, have you ever thought of your home’s current condition?
Allergens and other harmful airborne particles might be fouling your indoor air. Knowing what they are and where they come from could help you protect your breathing space.
Here are the five (5) common types of pollutants that might be fouling your indoor air:
Daily Household Products
Air cleaners, air fresheners, detergents, fabric softeners, and other household products contain toxins that can harm your indoor air. These mass-produced products can release harmful chemicals around your home. Without proper air cleaning, the toxins will continuously get stirred up and possibly breathe by you and your family.
Fabric and Upholstery Pollutants
Fabrics and upholsteries can deteriorate and release harmful chemicals over time. Your cushions, couches, drapes, and beddings can dislodge all sorts of chemical pollutants into the air that you and your family inhale.
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
Found in several items such as building materials, furniture, and carpeting, VOCs are present in the air of every indoor setting. If you are exposed to these chemicals for an extended period, you may experience headache, nausea, lung and eye irritation, dizziness, and drowsiness. Make sure to have someone to come to your place to inspect your indoor air quality and take action to resolve the problem.
Dirty Filter and Duct System
Your cooling system provides optimum comfort in your home during the summer. But without proper care, it can become a prime contributor to poor indoor air. Your system works hand-in-hand with your duct, and it has a filter in it—two of the components that need regular cleaning. Replace your filter at least once every three months and schedule a duct cleaning service with the pros.
While moisture build-up commonly occurs in the laundry room and other wet areas, many homeowners do not realize that it can also come from dirty air ducts. The dirt and debris that is stuck in your ducts can dispense bacteria into your indoor air.
Indoor air pollutants aren’t visible to your naked eye. This makes it hard for you to spot them. Before you know it, those harmful airborne particles have already gotten inside your body. Don’t let the pollutants catch you off guard.