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Eliminate These Products to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Eliminate These Products to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Even if you're nowhere near an industrial facility or busy road, your home could still suffer from poor indoor air quality. Fortunately, you can take some steps to reduce or even eliminate some of the sources of indoor air pollution.

 

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are dangerous substances that are known to cause several health problems.

 

Many household items contain VOCs, including...

  • Glues and adhesives

  • Paint, paint solvents, stains, and finishes

  • Aerosol air fresheners

  • Craft supplies

 

To reduce your exposure to household VOCs, follow the product's handling instructions carefully. Make sure to use adequate ventilation for painting or other projects, and store all products containing VOCs outside of your home.

 

Formaldehyde

As a combustion byproduct, formaldehyde is present in many household items.

  • New furniture and some fabrics

  • Construction materials

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Some adhesives, nail polishes and interior paints

 

The Environmental Protection Agency classifies formaldehyde as a probable carcinogen in some instances, so it's important to take steps to reduce your exposure as much as possible. Look for construction materials or household products that contain little or no formaldehyde, and use proper ventilation after purchasing new furniture or installing wood pieces.

 

Pesticides

While pesticides repel or eliminate unwanted visitors in your home, they also leave behind airborne particles that can lead to health problems. In addition to sprays or powders, substances from the outdoors and some disinfecting products also contain pesticides.

 

To reduce the chances of pesticide exposure, carefully follow the manufacturer's usage and storage directions. Additionally, try alternative pest control strategies whenever possible.

 

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly in high concentrations.

 

These are some common household sources of carbon monoxide.

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Leaky gas furnaces or chimneys

  • Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves

  • Gas-burning engines in vehicles or generators

  • Gas-powered space heaters

 

Installing and properly maintaining a carbon monoxide detector near all sleeping areas can alert you to potential issues early on. To reduce the chances of carbon monoxide exposure, keep gas-powered appliances in good working order, and have your heating system serviced regularly. Additionally, use gas- and wood-burning heaters properly, and don't leave your car idle in an attached garage.


Bottom line: Since you spend so much time inside your home, ensuring the safety of your indoor air makes sense. Taking the time to make small changes today, having your ducts professionally cleaned, can yield great benefits tomorrow and beyond. To schedule an appointment with My Guy Heating & Air at (760) 512-8885.
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