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5 Common Particles That Hurt Indoor Air Quality | Robinson Heating

These Particles are Harming Your Air Quality

Seen or unseen, particles in the air can harm air quality, thus making it harder to breathe or less comfortable to be at home. Air quality is a manageable entity if you’re informed on the potential problems. Here are five of the most common particles that are hurting your indoor air quality.

Dust

When we think of allergies and air quality, dust comes up quite often, along with pets. Dust is a mixture of things but is mainly dust mite excrement and dead skin cells (gross).

No one wants to be breathing in dust, so it’s important to dust often and even install air purifiers at home to remove dust particles before they land on various surfaces or get inhaled.

Pet Dander

We love our pets, but they often contribute to poor indoor air quality. If you know you’re allergic, consider investing in air purification to alleviate symptoms. Ventilation is also essential to reduce odors and other irritants caused by pets.

Chemicals

Household chemicals are some of the most harmful, yet still widely used, pollutants in your home. Cleaning agents, paint, paint thinners, solvents, and more have toxic chemicals that can be hazardous if inhaled. Also, it doesn’t matter if the chemicals are organic — they can also impact your health.

The best solution is to limit how often you buy these products. If you absolutely do need to use them, make sure to be outside or in a well-ventilated area (a.k.a. no basements).

Combustion Products

Combustion occurs when a fuel is burned and converted into heat. This process happens all around us in furnaces, stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces. Several gases emerge as a byproduct of combustion. The most popular are carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.

You’re probably familiar with carbon monoxide and have an alarm to prevent exposure (if not, you should invest in one). Nitrogen dioxide can cause respiratory issues, especially in people with asthma.

To prevent exposure, make sure all products using combustion are properly vented and rated. If you’re able, upgrade to newer models with higher efficiency and safety.

Tobacco Smoke

Tobacco smoke comes from smoking cigars, pipes, or cigarettes and can impact the area in which the smoke is released. If no one in your household smokes, this is less of an issue, but you should encourage visitors to smoke outside.

If you do smoke, try to do so outside. If that’s not possible, try to create a well-ventilated space to reduce the risks to others.

Your Indoor Air Quality Solution

Call Robinson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at (513) 813-5107 to learn more about how to improve your indoor air quality and breathe easier at home.

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