You probably think of your home in McMurray, PA as a refuge from outside elements, including poor air quality. However, indoor air is often three to five times more polluted than the air outside. Poor indoor air quality can affect the comfort level in your home and possibly cause health issues. This guide discusses five common indoor air pollutants.
You may be surprised to learn that high humidity levels in your home can contribute to contaminated indoor air. According to the EPA, you should keep indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. Elevated moisture levels create an environment in which biological contaminants like bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and other forms of organic growth can thrive. A whole-home dehumidifier can help keep the humidity in your house at a consistently healthy level.
Allergens include dirt, dust, dust mites, pet hair, pet dander, pollen, and more. A good way to control these allergens in your home is with a Trane CleanEffects™ whole-house air cleaner, which improves indoor air quality.
New homes are tightly constructed as a way to conserve energy by reducing drafts and leaks. However, one drawback to this is that fresh air can’t come inside and circulate. This also means the air contaminants inside can’t escape to the outdoors, potentially causing health issues and discomfort.
Radon and Carbon Monoxide
Both radon and carbon monoxide are serious threats to your home. You are likely familiar with carbon monoxide. Radon is an odorless and colorless radioactive gas that the uranium in the earth releases as it breaks down. Radon detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are the best devices to protect yourself against these gases.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic vapors you will find in everyday chemicals. To reduce your exposure to VOCs, you can invest in an air purifier, eliminate your use of aerosol cans, and switch to products that don’t contain VOCs or contain small amounts of them.
Since you likely spend more of your time inside during winter, it makes sense to be especially concerned about the quality of your home’s air through the winter months. Contact Bruno Plumbing & Heating today to discuss your indoor air quality needs and find effective solutions.
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