Indoor air pollutants affect your health and cause odors and stale air. You can improve indoor air quality using solutions such as air purifiers, indoor plants and changing air filters regularly. Here are common indoor air pollutants in your Bethel Park, PA, home.

1. Excess Moisture

When excessive moisture settles on surfaces in your home, it encourages biological growth and dust mites to thrive, causing allergic reactions. Leaks and kitchen activities can increase moisture levels, making your home uncomfortable. You can regulate moisture levels by using a dehumidifier.

2. Pesticides

The pesticides you use to control rodents, termites, insects, and pests can be toxic. Indoor air pollutants are common in household products like disinfectants and insecticides, and long-term exposure can cause skin, throat, and eye irritation. You can prevent indoor air pollution from pesticides by improving air ventilation or using air cleaners.

3. Carbon Monoxide

Combustion of fuels produces carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that reduces oxygen levels in your body. The gas causes headaches, nausea and dizziness, and high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to death. An effective way of dealing with this indoor air pollutant is installing electrical appliances correctly to avoid leakage and improve your home’s ventilation.

4. Tobacco Smoke

The burning of tobacco products like cigars and cigarettes produces tobacco smoke, causing indoor air pollution. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory complications. It’s advisable to avoid smoking indoors because the smoke eventually settles on surfaces and contaminates indoor air.

5. Pet Dander

Most allergy sufferers find pet dander irritating. It consists of skin flakes and hair that pets like cats and dogs shed, causing allergic symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes. Vacuum your home regularly if you have pets, and avoid brushing them on your carpets to prevent more pet hair accumulation.

You can prevent or reduce exposure to most of these indoor air contaminants. Our professionals can help you design ways of improving indoor air quality, including air filters and improving ventilation. Call us at Valley Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. now for affordable and effective residential and commercial HVAC services including indoor air solutions.

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