Should you be concerned about the quality of the air inside your home? Well, research suggests that the average person spends about 90% of his or her time indoors, in spaces that have mechanical heating, cooling and ventilation. According to the EPA, most homes have multiple sources that contribute to indoor air pollution. The culprits? Here are a few of the most common:
- Combustion sources- Fireplaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters and gas stoves all use combustion of fuel in order to operate. In the wrong circumstances with poor installation or lack of maintenance, these devices can releases carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide into the air. Improper installation and venting of these items leads to the release of these potentially deadly contaminants into your home.
- Biologicals- This includes mold, mildew, pet dander and pollen. Dirty air conditioning systems and poorly maintained filters are breeding grounds for these allergens and contaminants, and spread them around your home by way of your ductwork.
- Radon- This invisible radioactive gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. It comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil and water, and can get into the indoor air you breathe.
- VOCs- Volatile organic compounds, such as those found in paint, varnish and cleaning supplies are released into your indoor air when these products are used. Even office equipment and supplies contain these compounds in their electronic components and paper.
- Pesticides- 75% of households use pesticides on a regular basis, mainly insecticides and disinfectants. Pesticide contamination can also come from containers that store chemicals, and from surfaces where it collects and is released.
Poor indoor air quality has both short- and long-term effects. People have been known to experience everything from dizziness, headache and fatigue to serious conditions such as respiratory disease and cancer.
The best way to start improving your indoor air quality is to have a professional check out pollution levels in your home. We check our customers’ homes for a variety of problems such as improper ventilation, contaminant levels and mold sources. There are many ways to mitigate indoor air pollution through the use of UVC technology, ventilation, filter cleaning and replacement and air cleaners. You benefit from these treatments through better health and comfort in your home, and you may even notice that your indoor spaces smell better!
Homeowners can also use indoor air quality test kits to check contaminant levels in their homes. Ask us about ways that you can keep your indoor air clean and healthy all year long.
P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.