What Are the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants?

March 17, 2021
Indoor Air Quality

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homes are the most polluted environments people live in. There are several air pollutants that can be commonly found in them.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are commonly found in homes because many building materials and products have them. They can be found in household cleaners, perfumes, candles, flooring, paint, cabinets, and carpeting. They can also get into your home if you leave your car idling in the garage.

Exposure to VOCs can cause headaches and sore throats. They can also cause nervous system disorders and cancer. The best way to limit your exposure is to buy products that have low amounts of VOCs or none at all.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is also found in many building materials and products. Inexpensive furniture with pressed boards and glue contains it. It’s also present in insulation, paints, and cosmetic preservatives. Gas furnaces and appliances can also produce it. Long-term exposure can cause cancer.

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Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is produced by gas appliances and furnaces. It can be produced at a high level when the appliance or furnace is malfunctioning. You should have carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mold

Mold can be found almost anywhere in the world. It can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, and lethargy. If you have a serious mold problem, you need to hire a professional that specializes in removing it.

Dust

Dust can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Most of it comes from clothing, carpets, and furniture. It also includes dead human skin cells, pet dander, and dust mite waste. The filter in your HVAC system helps remove dust.

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