Air pollution can often be more dangerous indoors than outdoors due to the confined nature of interior spaces. Given that most individuals spend the majority of their time indoors, it’s imperative to recognize and mitigate the risks associated with indoor air contaminants. Here are four possible sources of air pollution in your Ogden, NC, home:
Many household appliances produce combustion byproducts, including carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter. These pollutants come from gas stoves, heaters, fireplaces and tobacco smoke. Prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory issues, headaches, dizziness and even carbon monoxide poisoning.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
VOCs represent a broad category of organic chemicals that readily evaporate into indoor air from numerous everyday sources, including paint, cleaning supplies, adhesives and furniture. Exposure to high levels of VOCs can lead to respiratory irritation. Moreover, certain VOCs like formaldehyde are carcinogenic.
This category includes pollen, pet dander, dust mites and other biological contaminants. High levels of moisture or dampness can promote microbial growth, while inadequate ventilation can allow for the accumulation of dust mites and pet dander.
These allergens can trigger respiratory issues, especially in individuals with asthma or allergies. To address the challenges posed by VOCs, combustion byproducts and other pollutants, we recommend investing in an air ventilation solution such as an advanced whole-house filtration system.
Household Cleaning and Personal Care Products
Some air fresheners and cleaning and personal care products release a range of chemicals into the indoor environment. Some of these chemicals, when inhaled or making contact with skin, can cause allergic reactions, hormonal disruptions or other health concerns. Choose products with few or no harmful chemicals and provide adequate ventilation.
Reach out to Pleasant Air Inc. today to learn more about our diverse indoor air quality solutions. Our team will help you get cleaner, fresher and healthier air for your living spaces.
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