In today’s world, many of us may think about outdoor air pollution, especially in big cities. However, according to the EPA, indoor air can be at least two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Keep reading to learn about four of the top indoor air pollutants and where they come from.
1. Carbon Monoxide
As an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas, carbon monoxide can easily go undetected. Although low levels of carbon monoxide are common in homes with gas appliances, excessive carbon monoxide buildup typically comes from incorrectly installed, ventilated, or maintained appliances and can be quite dangerous. Continued exposure to carbon monoxide may cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, brain fog, vision issues, nausea, and even death.
2. Volatile Organic Compounds
The category of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) covers many chemicals that are released into the air as gases from various solids and liquids. Although VOCs come from thousands of different products, they are particularly common in household products, resulting in indoor concentrations being up to 10 times higher than outdoor concentrations. Some such products include household cleaners, air fresheners, paints, carpets and rugs, new furniture, and even cosmetics. If you notice these items giving off a scent when used, you can bet that VOCs are present in the air.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from rock, soil, and water. Like carbon monoxide, it can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted. Some exposure to radon is inevitable, especially in the great outdoors. If radon levels build up indoors, however, it can become quite dangerous due to the release of radioactive byproducts. In fact, per the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Check out these 3 tips for monitoring your indoor air quality.
4. Particulate Matter
Particulate matter is a catch-all phrase for the various solid and liquid particles floating through the air. Indoor particulate matter might come from the processes of cooking and cleaning, animals, plants, mold, smoking products, candles, fireplaces, and more. Particles are categorized by size: PM10, PM2.5, and ultrafine. All of these are small enough to be inhaled and may result in such negative health effects as irritated eyes, nose, and throat, breathing issues, and the development of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Don’t leave your indoor air quality and the health of your loved ones up to chance. Rely on our team at Quick Comfort to keep the air in your Central Illinois home healthy and comfortable. We offer trusted air purification systems that can give you some peace of mind. We’re also happy to help with heating and cooling installation, repair, and maintenance as well as duct cleaning services. Call Quick Comfort in Lincoln, IL today to schedule an appointment.