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Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Can Affect Your Health

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Looking at ways the reduce the number of indoor air pollutants in your home is essential in creating a safe environment. Indoor air pollutants are often more dangerous than outdoor pollutants, as most people spend the vast majority of their time inside.

Here are a few of the most common indoor air pollutants that can impact your health and negatively affect your indoor air quality.


Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an all too common indoor air pollutant that can cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, and confusion. High levels of carbon monoxide can also result in death. Getting your HVAC system inspected each year is an excellent way to stay proactive against these dangers. Buying a carbon monoxide detector is also a great way to stay safe

Secondhand Smoke

Smoking inside of a home will also decrease the quality of indoor air. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,700 chemical ingredients, which can cause nose, eye, and throat irritation. Over time, secondhand smoke can result in bronchitis, pneumonia, or lung cancer. The safest option is never to allow anyone to smoke tobacco products inside of your home.

Radon

Radon is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that’s found everywhere. However, elevated levels of radon in your home increase your risk for lung cancer. Investing in a radon screening kit or scheduling a professional inspection will determine the levels of radon in your home. Installing a mitigation system can greatly reduce the amount of radon in your home.

Mold

Mold is often found in homes with high levels of moisture and humidity. Some mold is relatively harmless, while others are more dangerous. Many people have an allergic reaction to mold, as these symptoms can cause eye or throat irritation, headaches, coughing, or skin irritation. Reducing moisture and humidity in your home is essential in keeping mold levels in check. Using a bathroom fan or opening a window while taking a shower can help decrease moisture.

Curtis Total Service offers a wide range of HVAC services for homeowners throughout Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. We have been in business since 1988, as keeping our clients happy by providing top-quality services is our number one priority. Feel free to reach out to Curtis Total Service today to learn more about air cleaning purifiers.