3 Top Indoor Pollutants

You lock your doors to keep out unwanted visitors. You go to the doctor and take medicine to stay healthy. In both cases, you know your enemies and take measures to avoid them. Locks on your door, however, won’t prevent some smaller intruders from entering your Louisville, Kentucky, home.

 Since you spend much of your time indoors, especially in the winter, indoor pollutants are harmful to you and your family. But unlike a robber who may never come, indoor pollutants have already infiltrated your living space. Get a feel for the top indoor pollutants you may be facing so you can take steps to preserve the health of your home.

Mold

As residents of Alabama, we know all too well the annoyance of high humidity levels. But when introduced into your home, high humidity is more than just annoying. It becomes a source of indoor pollution. Mold grows in the warmest, wettest parts of your home, such as the bathroom, but the spores spread through the rest of the home. Cut humidity levels by improving ventilation in your home and by installing a whole-home dehumidifier.

Carbon Monoxide

Just the name is enough to send a shiver up your spine, isn’t it? Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the combustion of fossil fuels, which occurs inside your HVAC system. Your system normally vents the gas outside, but sometimes that ventilation process doesn’t go as it should and this dangerous gas ends up in your home. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance to ensure proper carbon monoxide ventilation.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) are hazardous chemicals that are found in many household cleaning products, paint, insecticides, and more. At best, these compounds cause irritation, and at worst, they can lead to illness. Limit your use of VOC-producing products. When you have to use them, store them in your garage to avoid exposure as much as possible.

Now that you have your targets, a healthy home is within reach. To get professional help improving your indoor air quality, call One Choice Mechanical at (502) 242-8204.

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