The dangers of outdoor air pollution are well known. However, only a small number of people pay any attention to the indoor air pollution that circulates throughout their homes. The reality is that indoor air pollution poses a considerable risk to your health and it is important to take steps to mitigate it.
Recently, a study conducted by 3M discovered some surprising information, namely, that homeowners took great steps to remove visible indoor pollution, such as spills and stains, but few took steps to mitigate unseen air pollution. Furthermore, the study showed that most people feel the air within their homes is cleaner and safer than outside air.
In truth, indoor air pollution can be between two and five times greater than outdoor levels. This pollution comes from a wide variety of sources including scented candles, chemical cleaners, building materials and improperly maintained appliances and HVAC systems.
The good news is that improving indoor air quality requires only a few minor adjustments within your home and to your lifestyle. Taking the following steps will go a long way toward reducing the amount of air pollution you’re exposed to at home:
- Clean your ducts. This removes pollen, dirt and other allergens that can be blown about as air circulates through your home.
- Service your HVAC system and appliances. Make sure that they are properly ventilated and not leaking carbon monoxide or natural gas into the air.
- Stop using chemical cleaners. Go green and instead purchase or create your own cleaning agents that are not chemical based.
- Blow out the candles. Scented candles smell great, but the chemicals used to mask odors are highly toxic and can accumulate quickly within your home.
- Buy products that are low in or free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs seep from furniture, laminate glues, paint and other items and are highly toxic.
Indoor air pollution is nothing to sneeze at, and the team at NisAir Air Conditoning and Heating can help you improve your indoor air quality. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our services and the steps we can take to clear the air within your Florida home.