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Indoor Air Contaminations 101

Posted on September 9th, 2020

Indoor Air Contaminations 101

Here in Utah, there was a time when we thought that outdoor air pollution was best avoided by staying indoors. While that may be true in certain parts of the world at different times, most of the pollution we’re exposed to can be found right in our own homes. What exactly are these indoor air contaminations, and how do they affect us? Here’s a basic rundown of the contaminants that lurk in the air you breathe at home.

VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from certain liquids and solids at room temperature. Some of these are toxic and lead to illnesses like cancer. Aerosols, paints, building materials, and air fresheners can all give off VOCs.

Carbon dioxide

While technically not a pollutant, carbon dioxide becomes a problem gas when levels get too high. A buildup in your home can cause headaches and fatigue and, in extreme cases, nausea and vomiting. If you find yourself struggling to shake “brain fog,” even though you’ve slept for nine hours, high carbon dioxide levels might be the culprit.

Particles

Particles in the air, like dust and allergens, can irritate your nose and throat and intensify the common cold symptoms. Second-hand tobacco, smoke from cooking, and a wood-burning fireplace can settle in the lungs and cause short and long term respiratory issues.

Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs in nature. It can build up in your home and lead to cancer, so ensuring that radon levels stay low is critical in keeping your family safe.

Chemicals

When you clean your home with chemical cleaners, you might be causing more harm than good to your family’s health. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice a clean house. Maintain adequate ventilation and choose safer options to keep your family safe.

Pet dander

Pets shed dead skin just like we do. Unfortunately, these particles can cause allergic reactions and can, over time, lead to respiratory issues. You have to take special care to ensure you keep your home’s air system clean so you and your pets can breathe easier.

Viruses and bacteria

Another invisible enemy, viruses, and bacteria can devastate your family. As we all discovered, there are worse things than the common cold. Protect your family by ensuring that these pathogens don’t get a chance to multiply.

At Western, we believe that your concerns are our concerns. We want your family to be safe and comfortable year-round. If you’re concerned about the indoor air contaminations in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 375-273-3200 or visit us at www.westernheatingair.com, and we can help boost your indoor air quality with the right ventilation system.


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