When people think of indoor allergies, images of pets and dander and dust bunnies come to mind. But indoor air quality is a more complex problem, and even if you dust regularly and have no pets, your home can still worsen any seasonal allergies and respiratory issues. Indoor air pollution can settle into the HVAC system of your home, and regular dusting and cleaning can prove a useless solution to the problem. Homeowners often have to take further measures to clean the air in their homes. Given how much additional time we are spending indoors because of the global pandemic, it’s important to ensure the air in your home is as clean as possible.
How Does the Air in Your Home Become Polluted?
Indoor air pollution doesn’t always come from obvious sources, like smoking or cooking with fuel. Some of the more commonly known forms of indoor air pollution happen when certain materials and gases are introduced into your home.
Common causes of indoor air pollution are:
- Cleaning Products
- Flooring & Carpeting
- Hobby Materials & Chemicals
- Beauty Products
- Gas Appliances
- HVAC Systems
- Pet Dander
It may come as a shock, but many seemingly benign things like your floors, carpet, or humidifiers could be polluting the air in your home. Many of the chemicals used to treat your floors or furniture can expose you to harmful fumes. Even laundry detergent and scented candles can compromise the air quality in your home.
Maintaining Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Every time you open your home's doors, you also let in outdoor irritants and pollutants like pollen, smoke, gases, and particles from the local environment. Modern homes are typically well-insulated, so when outdoor allergens make their way indoors, they sometimes become trapped inside. So, while dust, pets, and mildew can plague indoor air, outdoor allergens also present a real problem when they are allowed inside. Keeping the air in your home as clean as possible will require diligence. Most people live active lives that require going in and out of the home, which alone can bring in countless pollutants.
You can start protecting your home’s air quality by:
- Maintaining a clean home
- Control the moisture of your home and ensure that humidity levels are kept below 50%
- Monitor outdoor air pollution allowed in your home during peak season
- Limit fragrant candles, cleaning products, and perfumes
- Replace worn carpets with allergy-friendly flooring
- Upgrade to the high-quality air filters
At Quality Home Services, we offer high-quality indoor air quality products and services to ensure the air in your home is safe for you and your family. Our professionals can help you develop a plan to clean your air and reduce the amount of indoor pollution in your home.
For more information about our indoor air quality products and services, call (800) 985-8103. We can schedule an appointment for a consultation.