4 Unexpected Indoor Air Pollutants

When you think about indoor air pollutants, things like pollen and pet dander probably come to mind. However, pollution can come from a variety of sources inside and outside your home. Learn more about four unexpected air quality issues that affect families in Hayes, VA.

1. Carpet Fibers

Numerous studies have found that wall-to-wall carpets harbor high levels of dust, allergens and other undesirable particles compared to smooth flooring materials. They also shed tiny fiber particles contributing to dust buildup and poor air quality throughout your home. If your home has an issue with excessive dust or airborne particulates, a whole-house air cleaner or filtration system could be the ideal solution.

2. Gas Stove Emissions

There’s growing concern about emissions released by gas stoves, which is why federal regulators have considered banning or restricting these products. Gas stoves and other fuel-burning systems release nitrogen dioxide and over 20 combustion byproducts. Nitrogen dioxide is a lung irritant and has been linked to an increased rate of asthma in children. Enhanced ventilation through exhaust fans or additional ventilation can address this problem.

3. Household Chemicals

Household products, including adhesives, cleaning solutions, and fragrances, can release chemicals that cause indoor air pollution. Some of the most common volatile organic compounds include benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde. One danger of these indoor air pollutants is that they can’t be seen, making them difficult to detect. Some signs of poor air quality linked to chemical pollutants include headaches, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, and eye irritation.

4. Dust Mites and Pests

Dust mites are a serious problem for the 20 million Americans with this allergy. Many people experience coughing, congestion, eye irritation, and other respiratory symptoms when exposed to proteins in this debris type. Managing humidity with a whole-house dehumidifier helps control this problem. Waste from insects and rodents can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to keep your HVAC ducts in good condition and monitor your home for signs of pest activity.

For more information about managing your indoor air quality, give Peninsula Heating & Air (PHA) a call. In the meantime, check out our selection of indoor air quality products online.

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