With closed doors and windows, your house creates a seal during winter that keeps the temperature indoors. However, do you know what’s in the air in winter that can make everyone at home uncomfortable? That is exactly what you will learn by reading this article.
Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants in Your Home
Without you knowing it, your home might be the breeding ground of large types of air pollutants. Even with sealed windows and doors, you are still susceptible to toxins and contaminants because of the things you keep at home. Below are different sources of indoor air pollutants that you should be aware of.
Lead and other chemical elements found in pesticides increase the risk of illnesses and other IAQ issues. Put away any pesticides inside your home and store them in the garage or anywhere outside.
- Combustion Gases
Kerosene, gas, and oil are only a few of the many types of combustion gases that you might come into contact with. Your gas stove, wood fireplace, and heating system are common sources of combustion gases. They need to be cleaned and maintained routinely to control the emission of gases.
Do you have pets at home? Winter is the season when they spend most of their time indoors; therefore, increasing allergen concentration. If possible, keep your pets clean and groomed always to lessen allergen buildup.
- Furnishings & Building Materials
Carpentry, insulation materials and other furnishing and building supplies may harbor mold and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Household Cleaning Products
Using bleaches, detergents and other cleaning products intensify the possibility of air contamination.
- Home Improvement Activities
Painting, varnishing, and other home improvement activities also cause your indoor air to become unbearable during winter.
Consequences of Poor Indoor Air Quality
If not given immediate action, these air pollutants will continue to circulate in your home thus, leading to various health issues. The consequences of poor IAQ may range from minor to serious health problems, such as headache, dizziness, eye and skin irritation, asthma, and more. With regular exposure to these indoor air contaminants, your respiratory and immune system might also be compromised.
Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
To improve your IAQ and prevent these health issues, you need to take some steps that will regulate toxins and airborne contaminants.
- Know their sources.
- Control the sources.
- Improve your home’s ventilation.
- Use air purifiers or cleaners.
- Contact your trusted HVAC contractor for help.
Do you have any concerns with your indoor air quality? Call our IAQ specialists at BV Air Conditioning & Heating for professional and effective solutions.