How Many Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants Can You Name In This Picture?

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Even in the cleanest home, there are many things that can affect the quality of the air you breathe. From the carpeting to the fireplace to burning candles, you’d be surprised at how many fixtures are adversely affecting the air your family breathes. Just in this portrait of one room filled the things many of us have in our own homes, there are more than a dozen sources that are polluting the indoor air.

Here’s what we see:

Newer carpeting emits off-gassing. Furniture, plastics, vinyl products, paint, new cars, clothing, cosmetics, water bottles, carpet, and mattresses do it, too. Off-gassing is the evaporation of chemicals from a material. These materials emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and small particulate substances into the air and not just when they are new…throughout the life of the material.

Plants can grow mold, collect dust and emit pollens. Yes, they’re known to clean air, but if you suffer from allergies, you shouldn’t have plants—real or fake.

Air vents are dirtier than you’d ever care to know. They should be cleaned regularly. They are critical to flowing the air from your HVAC system into the home. Air filters should trap most of the pollutants, but those passing through the air ducts will enter your living spaces through the vents.

Draperies should be dry cleaned at least once a year. Upholstery, cushions and throw pillows should be professionally cleaned regularly, as well. You’d be surprised how much dirt and indoor air pollutants gather in the cushions.

The health effects of poor indoor air quality is bad. It can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and create other respiratory conditions. Breathing poor indoor air for longer periods of time can cause even more serious health problems.

Alaskan Air Conditioning and Heating has air cleaning equipment that can help you be part of your own solution for cleaner indoor air. With a free new heat pump system estimate, we’ll also explain to you how you can improve the quality of air in your home and create a safer and healthier living environment for your family.