What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Poor indoor air quality causes a myriad of health problems, including allergies, flu symptoms, and increased asthma attacks. It can also lead to more serious illnesses like cancer. What are the main causes of indoor air pollution, and how can you stop common pollutants from invading your Sarasota, Florida, home?

Common Allergens

The most common cause of poor indoor air quality in a home are allergens, such as bacteria, fungi, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen. These are naturally occurring organisms in the environment. However, if they are not kept under control, your family could suffer allergies and illness more frequently. To reduce allergens in the home, regularly clean or replace your air conditioner’s air filter, add a UV lamp to your HVAC system, and invest in an air purifier.

Toxic Chemicals

Many of the products you use to clean your home are actually contaminating your home and threatening your health. Conventional household cleaning products like detergents, chlorine bleach, air fresheners, and carpet-cleaning products release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Paint, wood varnish and sealers, glues, plastic, hair styling products, and cigarette smoke also contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde. Switching to green household cleaning products will help reduce the level of toxic chemicals in your home.

External Pollutants

If you live in an area with heavy traffic congestion, near an industrial area, or in a farming region, external pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, and pesticides can enter your home. Pay attention to the surroundings when buying a new home. If your home is near an area like this, a home air purification system that is inline with your HVAC system can keep your indoor clean and healthy.

At Climatic Conditioner Co., Inc. we take your health seriously. We have a range of top-quality air purifiers, including a whole-home air purifier that traps particles as tiny as .3 microns in size and kills 95 percent of pathogens. Contact us at 941-444-5399 for an assessment of your home’s indoor air quality and recommendations on how to improve it.

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