There are many contaminants inside your McMurray, PA, home that can cause nose and throat irritation, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and eye irritation. It’s important to understand the three most common sources for indoor air quality pollutants and how to eliminate them.

VOCs

VOCs are volatile organic compounds. They exist in many household items, such as nail polish, air fresheners and new carpet. Here is a quick list of VOCs to look for:

  • Acetone
  • Butanal
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Ethanol
  • Dichlorobenzene

These chemicals exist in items like floor lacquers, burning candles, dishwasher detergents, stoves, paint, molded plastics, laundry detergents, glass cleaners and mothballs. It’s not easy to eliminate VOCs entirely when you consider how much the above items are embedded into our modern lifestyle. One of the most effective ways to eliminate the chemicals released is by properly maintaining and repairing your HVAC system.

Contaminants Emitted From Carpeting

New carpeting goes through a process called off-gassing where pollutants are released from its glue and vinyl backing. These chemicals are known to cause nausea, asthma, and headaches. Off-gassing can last up to five years as it continues to pollute your indoor air quality.

Carpeting is also a natural air purifier because it collects dirt and dander into its fibers. However, this becomes a health hazard if you don’t vacuum often enough. Vacuuming twice per week and following these tips will help improve your home’s air quality.

Toxins Exist in Non-Stick Pots and Pans

There’s a misconception that non-stick pots and pans are safe. While it’s true that one of the most dangerous chemicals in non-stick pans (PFOA) has been eliminated, overheating this type of cookware can still release toxins into your home’s atmosphere.

Take Proactive Measures to Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you’re concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, then we encourage you to call one of the friendly Valley Heating & Air Conditioning representatives. We can recommend indoor air cleaning products that will ensure your family is breathing healthy indoor air.

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