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Indoor Air Pollutants to Look Out For

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Indoor Air Pollutants to Look Out For

Many factors play into a home’s comfort. From the right temperature to cleanliness, homeowners do all they can to ensure their families inhabit a comfortable and inviting space. However, indoor air quality is a crucial aspect of maintaining a happy and healthy home and many homeowners remain unaware of the potential pollutants that lurk in their spaces.  

Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the indoor air pollutants that threaten their home’s indoor air quality. The experts at Precision Air recognize how crucial this information is, which is why they have compiled a list of indoor air pollutants to look out for below.

Dust and Pet Dander

Households with pets are full of love. However, they may also be full of dander. Dust and pet dander build up over time right under our noses, which may worsen allergy symptoms and respiratory distress. When it comes to dust, homeowners can regularly vacuum, wipe down surfaces, and wash household bedding to minimize the presence of dust. To avoid pet dander, keeping your furry friends well-groomed can surprisingly affect your home’s indoor air quality for the better. 

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are gasses emitted from certain products or liquids commonly found in households. Some of these compounds can be found in common household products, including old furniture, cleaning agents, paints, and air fresheners. Minimizing your exposure to VOCs can eliminate headaches, lightheadedness, and even the possibility of long-term health problems. While using cleaning products, keep your windows open, or opt for more natural alternatives. 

Mold and Mildew

Summer in the South brings with it a lot of moisture, which can be a haven for mold and mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in poorly ventilated and moist areas, like bathrooms or attics. Mold and mildew are pretty concerning indoor air pollutants because they can trigger asthma symptoms, allergies, and other serious respiratory problems. Ensuring these areas in the home remain ventilated and acting quickly at the first sight or smell of mold and mildew can help prevent long-term health problems and costly mold dilemmas. 

Tobacco Smoke

Many people smoke in their homes quite regularly, but tobacco fumes leave lasting effects on a household’s indoor air quality. Even if you don’t smoke, but someone in your household does, secondhand smoke can seep into your home and seep into ventilation systems. Tobacco smoke in a household may cause a lot of harm, including triggering respiratory symptoms. Additionally, tobacco is a carcinogen that could make its way into your home. Our experts recommend keeping your home smoke-free. If you or someone in your household smokes, make sure that they smoke outdoors. 

When it comes to ensuring your indoor air quality remains in top shape, place your trust in Precision Air. Precision Air’s expert team can help you achieve optimal indoor health with routine maintenance, air filter changes, and more. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs in Murfreesboro, Nashville, and surrounding areas. 

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