What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?


What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor Air Pollution

If you aren't concerned about indoor air pollution, then you need to learn more about its dangers. You spend more time inside your home than anywhere else, and if you work or go to school, then those environments must meet certain air quality standards. Here is what HVAC professionals believe can lead to poor air quality inside your home.

Dirty Air Filters in the Climate-control Equipment

When you aren't changing the air filters in your home frequently, it can lead to having contamination in the air from pollen, household dust and pet dander. If you are using a furnace or an air conditioner, you should replace the air filters once a month. An HVAC technician can use a basic air filter, or you can use a filter that captures tiny particles of pollen. Changing the air filters in climate-control devices offers additional benefits, including reducing your home's heating or cooling bills.

Failing to Keep a Home Clean and Clutter-free

According to HVAC professionals, if your home is filled with too much stuff, then the air from the vents cannot circulate enough, leading to poor quality air. Having a cluttered home also leads to having more chemical pollutants in the air because many items degrade gradually, emitting particles of dangerous chemicals. When your home is cluttered, you may also find it difficult to keep it clean with dusting, vacuuming or mopping, and this leads to a building that is dirty with layers of dust that attracts vermin.

Plumbing Leaks That Lead to Mold Growth

If you aren't repairing the plumbing leaks in your home, then it will have mold growth and mildew odor that leads to poor air quality. An HVAC professional may notice a water leak from a pipe or a plumbing fixture while making a repair, and by fixing the problem, you can avoid having dangerous mold in your home.

Fumes from Cigarette Smoke or other Items

If you smoke cigarettes or vape e-cigarettes, the items create air pollution in your home that settles on the walls, floors and ceilings in addition to the furniture and countertops. The pollutants will also filter into the ductwork of a home, and when you turn on an air conditioner or furnace, the chemicals will spread throughout the building, causing poor air quality. By hiring HVAC technicians, you can have a home's air ducts cleaned to remove these pollutants.

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Contact Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing located in Lake Bluff, Il. at (847) 469-1794 so that we can clean a home's ductwork or change the climate-control devices air filters.

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