What Are the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants?

March 9, 2021

Many indoor air pollutants can be commonly found inside homes. It’s usually the case that the air inside a home has far more pollutants than outdoor air. Some common pollutants are dangerous, while others mainly cause allergic reactions.

1. Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It can cause you to struggle for enough oxygen. This can make you tired, nauseous, confused, or give you a headache. At a high enough concentration, it can kill you.

Every home should have carbon monoxide detectors. They’re especially important in homes with a gas furnace or appliances. It’s highly recommended to have your furnace tuned-up every year to make sure it’s safe.

ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. of Lake Charles, LA, offers an annual tune-up service for your furnace. Our affordable services are provided by certified technicians.

2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are a common pollutant that emanates from wood preservatives, glues, cleaners, disinfectants, paints, and other household products. They can cause respiratory irritation, headaches, and damage to internal organs.

3. Pesticides

Pesticides are used to eliminate insects and pests. Insecticides and disinfectants contain pesticides. Exposure can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and skin. It can also increase your cancer risk and harm your central nervous system.

4. Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It can only be detected with a radon test. Radon can build up inside a home and cause lung cancer. Improved air circulation reduces its health risk.

5. Mold

Mold spores are everywhere. It causes symptoms in people allergic or sensitive to it such as throat irritation, stuffiness, headaches, and coughing. It can also cause an asthma attack.

ACR Air Conditioning & Heating can repair, replace, and tune-up heating and cooling systems. Our team can also help you with indoor air quality solutions, duct cleaning, and ductless mini-split systems. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. We look forward to serving your home comfort needs.

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