Top 3 Indoor Air Pollutants (And How to Combat Them)
Air pollution is everywhere, including inside your home. Air pollutants can lead to health problems like increased allergies or respiratory problems. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air quality as one of the top five leading concerns for a person’s health. Here are the three main culprits for air pollution inside your home.
1. Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) – more commonly known as secondhand smoke – is a foul concoction of the smoke exhaled by smokers and the smoke naturally given off by tobacco products. Virtually everyone knows smoking can cause a multitude of diseases, including emphysema and cancer – however, people frequently exposed to secondhand smoke are also at risk for developing tobacco-related health issues
2. Biological Sources
Biological sources can include but are not limited to mold, pollen, insects and pets. Biological sources of air pollution can be harder to control, especially in Texas where allergens are notoriously bad. If you have furry pets like dogs, cats or rodents, their dander can also get into the air in your home. Pets that go outside and inside the house can also bring in pollen and insects that stick to their fur and paws.
3. Household Cleaning Products
Cleaning products are a household necessity. However, they also can contain harmful chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine or bleach. These chemicals can cause sore throats, allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Now that you know what the main sources of indoor air pollution are, here are some ways to combat them.
- Don’t smoke in or around your home.
- Change out your air filters regularly.
- Avoid public places that still allow smoking.
- Make sure your home is properly ventilated.
- Clean your home regularly, but use harsh chemicals sparingly.
- Dispose of rags, sponges and paper towels you’ve used with harsh chemicals.
- If you used harsh chemicals on a surface, rinse it with water.
- Install an air purifier.
There are many ways to protect yourself from harmful indoor air pollutants, but this list is a great start for anyone who is looking to make their air healthier. For ongoing or urgent issues, Champion AC & Plumbing Austin is the place to call for all your air purifier and AC repair needs!