While many people blame public spaces, high-touch surfaces, and coughing colleagues for their illnesses, a large percentage of our troubles could be occurring from right inside our own homes. The amount of time we spend in our houses and the relative exposure to different compounds, fumes, or other unknowingly irritating contaminants increase the likelihood that negative health effects may arise.
Obvious ones like secondhand smoke to more fundamental components of the building, like the insulation in the walls, can all profoundly affect our health. It can be hard to tell where or what the culprit is, so we must be vigilant in our everyday home environment.
Let’s take a look at some of the causes of indoor air pollution, common pollutants that may be affecting your home, and finally, how to purify your air with the integration of an air filtration plan through a qualified service technician.
What Are the Major Causes of Indoor Air Pollution?
To answer this question, we need to look at it through a wide-angle lens. There may be obvious signs of things like mould build-up and rotting materials if your humidity is too high, for example. But other potential hazards, such as radon, an odourless, tasteless gas linked to lung cancer, are largely undetectable and could be the result of the location of your home—not exactly something you can easily change.
This suggests that in purifying the home environment, we need to take a global approach that can address multiple problems at once.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Here is a list of the most common indoor pollutants found in homes from the Environmental Protection Agency:
- Biological Pollutants
- Carbon Monoxide
- Cookstoves & Heaters
- Lead (Pb)
- Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
- Radon (Rn)
- Indoor Particulate Matter
- Secondhand Smoke/Environmental Tobacco Smoke
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Wood Smoke
Concerned about indoor air pollution? Contact the experts at Link ClimateCare for help identifying the state of your home’s air quality and how to improve it!
Indoor Air Pollution Health Effects
Depending on the unique challenges found in your home, health effects could range from common colds for a virus picked up from the kitchen counter to diseases and disorders affecting your vital organs from things like radon, asbestos, and VOCs.
Having a home inspection that will thoroughly evaluate your home can go a long way in improving the air quality for yourself and other occupants. In addition, an HVAC professional can help you with air quality solutions to keep the environment free from things you can control, such as smoke, mould, and debris build-up, and maintain overall cleanliness.
How to Purify Indoor Air
Maintaining your current air filtration system or installing a separate air purifier will go a long way when it comes to managing the pollutants you may be inhaling on a daily basis.
Link ClimateCare is your trusted source for expert air purifier maintenance, installation, and 24/7 repair. Contact us today to see how we can help!