Indoor Air Quality Impacted By 5 Common Contributors: Know How To Decrease Their Impact

Although you should feel safe and comfortable in your own house, it is important to know that many homes suffer from poor indoor air quality. Unwanted air contaminants come from equipment or products that you use every day. Knowing the sources, installing detectors and preventing air contaminants can help you improve indoor air quality in your home.

Your indoor air quality is impacted by five common sources:

  • Heating equipment and other appliances can produce carbon monoxide.
  • Household chemicals and cleaning products can release fumes and vapors.
  • Home furnishings, carpets and draperies can emit volatile organic compounds.
  • Radon may accumulate in your basement.
  • Pesticides used either in your home or outside in the lawn or garden can build up in your home.

Air quality testing can help you determine what types of chemicals may be a problem in your home so you can take measures to avoid further exposure. The most common tests are for radon and carbon monoxide. If radon is found, you should install a detector that will alert you to high levels. If you have fuel-burning appliances such as a furnace, gas stove or gas fireplace, you should install carbon monoxide detectors in the sleeping areas of your home.

After you have determined the causes of your indoor air quality problems and installed detectors to protect your family, the next step is removing the sources of contaminants. Store chemicals outside your living spaces, don’t smoke indoors and remove shoes when you come in the house. In cases where you cannot remove the source itself, your HVAC system for example, you can remove the contaminants with solutions like whole-house air purifiers and ventilation systems.

Extreme humidity or dryness can also increase contaminants such as mold, bacteria, mildew and fungus. If you have any of these problems, a whole-house humidity control system can help reduce their growth and make your home more comfortable.

Paitson Bros. offers a range of indoor air quality products to help you protect your family’s health and keep your home safe and comfortable. Contact us todayto schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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