Living in one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, Charlotte-area residents are no strangers to pollution. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that indoor air pollution can be even more dangerous than outdoor pollutants. Here are some common indoor pollutants and how to combat them.
Everyone has heard about the dangers of carbon monoxide, an odorless, deadly gas that prevents your body from using oxygen. Early exposure to carbon monoxide can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, nausea, and a rapid heart rate. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide can kill.
To reduce your risk of carbon monoxide exposure, have your HVAC system inspected and maintained annually. Ensure that any combustion appliances such as gas stoves and heaters are installed correctly.
Another odorless gas, radon occurs naturally as uranium breaks down in the ground. It’s found everywhere in low levels, but concentrated levels can increase your risk of certain cancers. Fortunately, testing for radon is relatively easy and inexpensive. You can either purchase a radon screening kit or have your home tested by a professional.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are evaporated substances emitted by building materials, furnishings, chemicals, and cooking. Certain VOCs such as formaldehyde can contribute to health concerns.
Reduce your exposure to VOCs by running an air purifier in your home. While a compact, portable unit is better than nothing, consider investing in a whole-home air purification system that works in conjunction with your HVAC system. The right air purifier will eliminate the majority of allergens and bacteria, helping your whole family breathe easier.
The risks associated with smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are undeniable. Whether you or someone in your household smokes, or you’re hosting a visitor who smokes, restrict smoking to the outdoors away from any entrances or windows and run an air purifier to eliminate any trace of secondhand smoke.
Interested in other solutions to reduce your home’s pollutants? Call Dulin Mechanical at 704-237-3641 to discuss our indoor air quality products..
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