Most people know that it’s easy for their indoor air to become contaminated, but they don’t know exactly how it happens. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common pollutants that may be causing problems in your household.

Particulate Matter

The most common source of respiratory issues in most homes is the existence of particulate matter. This includes dust and dirt, but it also involves allergens such as pollen and pet dander. These things contaminate your indoor air and must be filtered out to achieve a healthy home.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are organic chemicals that are commonly found in many of today’s household products such as cleansers, bug sprays, aerosol sprays, and paint thinner. Although there’s been a big push to replace these types of items with eco-friendly alternatives, you can still find them in many households.

Mold and Mildew

It doesn’t take a whole lot of moisture for mold and mildew to grow and become a big concern. Mold can quickly cause breathing issues, especially for people who have respiratory problems. This is why it’s so important to keep your bathroom dry and clean up any spills right away.

Outdoor Pollutants

Even if the air outside your home doesn’t smell dirty, it could be filled with tiny bits of pollutants. If they get into your home, they’ll contaminate your air and could even make you sick if they’re in high-enough doses. Depending on where you live, the outside air could be filled with carbon monoxide from passing vehicles or other similar contaminants. 

Poor Ventilation

It’s very difficult to keep your indoor air clean when you have poor ventilation. Check any outside vents for obstructions and consider opening a window every once in a while to let fresh air in and bad air out.

If you have any questions about improving your indoor air quality or would like to set up an appointment, contact the friendly professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas for more than 50 years.

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