5 Common Indoor Air Toxins

Indoor air pollution is a common cause of allergies and respiratory issues. While you may consider your property to be “clean” inside, the atmosphere may be filled with microscopic particles that can irritate you and cause health problems. We have identified the most common sources of indoor air pollution, and included information on how to deal with them. 

1. Mold

Indoor mold growth can go undetected for months if it starts with mildew in your air ducts. The fungus will eventually grow and be blown and spread throughout your property, and it poses health risks that range from mild to life-threatening, so it’s important to identify the source and have a professional eliminate it right away.

A thorough duct cleaning can prevent mold from returning, and an HVAC maintenance expert can usually identify any source of additional moisture and get it remediated.

2. Air Fresheners

Store-bought air fresheners are actually filled with contaminants and chemicals, including ethanol and formaldehyde, and pollute the air you breathe despite their pleasant scents.

To keep your house smelling fresh naturally, consider making your own scented cleaning vinegar. Just combine vinegar, citrus, and herbs to make your own non-toxic, refreshing home cleaning solution.

3. Pet Dander

If you have an animal, their coats shed skin cells all day long that end up polluting the air. 

It is important to groom them often, and to do it outside to avoid spreading more dander throughout the home. If you have carpet, make sure you vacuum at least every other day to avoid the dander from accumulating. 

4. Wood Furniture

Some types of varnish and wood finish contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to human health.

 You can reduce the presence of VOCs with an air purifier, house plants, and charcoal filters. These help to extract airborne contaminants being released from synthetic products.

5. Gases

Radon is one of the leading indoor air pollutants that occurs naturally in the environment. In high quantities it can lead to lung cancer and other serious health problems.

You can order a radon test kit to find out if you have noticeable levels, and if you do, you can invest in a radon mitigation system.

To learn more about improving your indoor air quality, contact the professionals at Aurora Pro Services. Our licensed and experienced staff is here to help keep your property a safe and healthy place to be. Reach out to us today!

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