5 Sources of Major Pollutants that Ruin your Home’s Air Quality
Indoor Air Pollution is a Growing Problem
Pollution has been a cause of concern for Ft. Smith consumers for decades (both indoor and outdoor), and the number of products invented to improve air quality has confused consumers and emptied their wallets. However, growing technological and industrial developments toward a greener economy are often time-consuming and costly.
The 5 Most Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
Major pollutants are still destroying indoor air quality in most homes, including:
Formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Common products that include these compounds are household cleaners, paints, adhesives, and varnishes. Used in high quantities in tight, poorly ventilated spaces will cause headaches, cancer, and possible permanent muscle and nerve damage.
Biological contaminants – Organisms that thrive in damp environments like mold and mildew, bacteria and fungi, viruses, and dust mites live in linen, home furnishings, carpets, and infected animals. Prolonged exposure causes colds and flu, pneumonia, allergies, respiratory illness, headaches, and other viral symptoms.
Asbestos, lead, and radon – Mostly found in construction materials used in older homes, these substances cause deadly illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma, skin irritation, and permanent muscular and nerve damage.
Carbon monoxide – A colorless, odorless gas produced from combustion, it is found in heating equipment, stoves, ovens, grills, engines, and tobacco smoke. Flu-like symptoms, respiratory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, and death are the results of exposure.
Old and Defective Indoor Appliances – Old equipment of any kind that is currently in use actually intensify the damage because of malfunctioning parts or dirty machinery. Mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria may grow in the inner workings of the machine and become airborne when the machine is in operation. Allergy and flu-like symptoms are the results of airborne pathogens released by these machines.
A Few Tips for Keeping Indoor Air Clean
- Use environmentally friendly, earth friendly, or ‘green’ products.
- Frequently vacuum with a high-quality machine that has HEPA filtration.
- Install energy-saving appliances.
- Have building inspections periodically for radon, asbestos, mold, mildew, and structural damage to avoid dampness and toxins from coming into the home.
Ft. Smith consumers should understand that air pollution in the home is essentially just as harmful as outdoor pollution, and should take the necessary steps to prevent exposure. Not only will eliminating the causes improve overall health, but the costs associated with damages are reduced as well.
Stop ruining your air quality in your Ft. Smith, AR home. Call Mountain Air today at 479-668-0062 to get further insight and assistance on this issue.