What’s Causing Your Indoor Air Pollution?

March 19, 2020

Breathing dirty air in your home can cause a variety of health issues. Modern houses are often highly energy-efficient and airtight. Unfortunately, this means that there may be less airflow throughout your residence. This can lead to the buildup of a variety of pollutants in your indoor environment.

Dust particles and volatile organic compounds are pollutants that can negatively affect your health. Dirty air can cause a variety of respiratory issues and make asthma symptoms worse. Long-term exposure to pollution has also been linked with heart and lung disease. Keeping the air in your home as clean as possible is important.

Many particles are tracked into a house on a human or pet and are deposited on a surface. These pollutants can then become airborne and cause indoor air pollution.

Outdoor Sources

If you live in a polluted area, getting fresh outdoor air into your home might not be that beneficial. In these situations, having air purifiers and filters in your house is important. Living next to a busy street can cause a lot of particles and other pollutants to enter your property through the air. A properly functioning HVAC system can remove many dangerous substances from the air so that you don’t have to breathe them in.

When dirty shoes are worn in the house, particles can fall off and get stuck to floors and embedded in carpets. Keeping shoes outside can help to keep a lot of dirt from entering your home in the first place. Having a pair of house shoes to wear inside can greatly reduce the particulates in the air. Sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping off counters and other surfaces in your residence regularly can keep the particles at bay. This is especially important if pets are around.

Indoor Sources

Pets are a major source of indoor air pollution. The dander that comes off of their skin is an allergen for many people. Their fur can also bring a lot of dirt into your home. When pets shed, they can deposit dust and other particles throughout your interior spaces.

Keeping your pets clean and regularly groomed is important for maintaining good indoor air quality. Brushing them outside can get much of the dirt out of their coats. Regular baths for dogs can also end up being greatly beneficial for indoor air quality.

Like pets, humans can also carry a lot of dirt into a house unknowingly. This is especially true of children who may have been directly playing in the dirt and other messy areas. Regular bathing, especially after outdoor activity, can wash the dirt off before it falls off by itself.

Cooking can also cause a variety of particulates to be released into the air. Frying food in oil can cause harmful particles to become airborne and get inhaled easily.

Dealing With Indoor Air Pollution

There are many steps that you can take to reduce indoor air pollution in your home. Doing small things can make a big difference and improve the health of the air you’re breathing.

In many cases, getting as much fresh air as possible into your house is important. Whenever possible, open doors and windows to get old air flushed out and replaced with fresh air. Having houseplants around your residence can also remove harmful contaminants from the air.

Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained is important for clean air. Dirty air filters can decrease the quality of the air in your home. The annual HVAC tune-ups performed by Vastola Heating & Cooling will ensure that the air filters in both your heating and cooling system in Orchard Park are clean. The internal components of your HVAC system will be cleaned out, too. Getting regular cleanings for your air ducts can also make a big difference in your indoor air quality.

Your Trusted HVAC Company

Vastola Heating & Cooling is ready to help with a wide variety of jobs throughout Orchard Park, NY. Our skilled technicians can perform any heating or cooling repair, installation, or maintenance job they’re given. We’re also highly experienced with Aeroseal duct sealing and generator services.

Our locally owned and operated company has been serving the area since 1946. Our team is OSHA safety-trained and -certified, and we’re proud to be a BPI-certified contractor. To find out more about the HVAC services that we offer in Orchard Park and the surrounding areas, give Vastola Heating & Cooling a call today.