It’s likely that the air in your home is five times more polluted than outdoor air. Since you spend up to 90% of your time indoors, low indoor air quality is a major concern. Here are five common household products you likely own that are polluting your air:
1. Cleaning Products
Cleaning products emit a lot of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). You can reduce the concentration of VOCs in your home by choosing unscented cleaners. Even better, use natural products instead, such as water, vinegar and baking soda.
2. Air Fresheners
A typical air freshener emits over 100 different chemicals. Breathing in these chemicals can result in breathing problems, migraines and asthma attacks. Instead of relying on air fresheners, you should open a window or turn on a fan.
Candles may smell nice and add to a room’s ambiance, but they release a substantial amount of ultra-fine particles. Breathing in these particles is associated with inflammation of the lungs. Among other chemicals they release, scented candles emit harmful formaldehyde. If you’re going to use candles, look for those made from beeswax or soy.
4. Dry Cleaning
Clothes back from the dry cleaners have a VOC residue called perchloroethylene. This chemical is released into the air as the clothes are handled and worn. You should check the label on your clothes and, instead of having them dry cleaned, wash them by hand when possible.
5. Gas Stoves
A gas stove releases nitrogen oxide emissions and, potentially, carbon monoxide into your home. You should always use the overhead exhaust fan when cooking. If you don’t have a fan, open a nearby window while you cook.
Apollo Heating & Air Conditioning of Bellevue, NE, offers indoor air quality solutions that keep your indoor air quality high. If you need a new furnace or air conditioner, we can install one as well as maintain and repair your existing one. We also install, maintain and repair fireplace inserts. Please call today to schedule an appointment.