All too often we focus on outdoor air pollutants. But, an interesting fact is that the indoor air in your McKinney, Texas, home can be up to five times more polluted. Read on to learn more about the three common indoor air pollutants that can be found in your home.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
We all love the smell of a clean, fresh home. But many cleaning products and other household products contain VOCs. In fact, you can find them in anything from cleaning products to home remodeling supplies such as paint, cabinets, flooring, and carpeting. Perfumes, candles, air sprays and even makeup contain some VOCs.
Exposure to VOCs can cause sore throats, headaches, nervous system disorders, and even cancer. Limit your exposure to VOCs by checking the list of ingredients on products and choosing those with low VOCs or avoid them completely. For example, instead of using scented cleaning products, clean your home with unscented products, or even better, with natural products like vinegar, water, and baking soda. You’ll be surprised to find that natural products work well.
Although dust is not a serious indoor air pollutant, it can be annoying for allergy or asthma sufferers. Dust in your home often comes from lint in your carpets, clothing, pollen, and human and animal dander.
Dust carries dust mite waste, which is a common allergy trigger. Invest in a good air filter for your HVAC system. If you need help choosing the best air filter, consult with a service technician.
To avoid indoor pollution caused by gas appliances or fireplaces, take the following precautions:
- When using your gas stove, always turn on the cooker hood extraction fan.
- Have your gas furnace inspected before turning it on during the winter.
- Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule when you test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
When handling gas appliances and furnaces, always remember, safety comes first! To learn more about indoor air pollutants and Taylormade Heat and Air’s indoor air quality services, contact us at (469) 424-3404.
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