What are the 4 Major Indoor Air Pollutants?

January 19, 2023
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The air inside our homes is crucial to our health and well-being. Unfortunately, indoor air can be polluted by a variety of sources, including smoking, cleaning products, and other items that emit gases. Here are the four major indoor air pollutants.

1. Biological Pollutants

Your home should be relatively free from excess moisture. High levels of humidity can create an environment that is favorable for the growth of mold and other biological pollutants. Maintaining the humidity levels in your home between 30% to 50% is important. Try to use exhaust fans in areas high in moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. If your home is prone to moisture, use dehumidifiers to help maintain a healthy level of humidity.

2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene released from products or materials in your home. These compounds can cause respiratory problems and are found in paints, wood preservatives, cleaning supplies, and more. To reduce exposure to these compounds, use products with low VOC levels, use natural cleaning products, and avoid smoking indoors.

3. Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that is toxic to humans. It can be produced from burning fuel such as kerosene or natural gas. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, ensure that your appliances are in good working condition and have them serviced regularly. For added protection, install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

4. Radon

Radon is an odorless and colorless radioactive gas found in soil, water, and air. Radon can enter your home through cracks in the walls and floors or gaps around windows, electrical outlets, and pipes. To prevent radon exposure, have your home tested and sealed where needed.

By recognizing and understanding the four major indoor air pollutants, we can take steps to reduce our exposure and protect our health. We can help improve your indoor air quality in Marion and the surrounding area. Our team also offers AC and heating installation, maintenance, and repair services. Contact Morris Heating & Cooling today for more information!