You may have heard the terms indoor air quality or air pollution, but what do they mean? The air inside your home can be polluted with different particles, vapors and contaminants that can harm your lung health. Typical AC systems have filters to combat this problem, but many homeowners invest in extra Houston air purification to target specific allergens.
Mission AC is committed to providing information so that all our customers can be aware of the health in their home. Knowing what IAQ is and what commonly causes air pollution can go a long way to helping you make a healthier home.
What Is In Your Air?
The air you breathe is never 100% clean, but our lungs are made to filter and inhale tiny particles just fine. It only becomes a problem when there are too many particles being inhaled or those particles are causing irritation and reactions inside our lungs. Some of the most common Houston contaminants and allergens in your air are:
- Pet Dander
- Dust Mites
Where Does Indoor Air Pollution Come From?
Having contaminants in your home does not mean that your home is not clean. It just means that your everyday activities produce particles and vapors. One of the indoor air quality basics is knowing the sources of air contaminants in your home.
The primary source of biological contaminants is the presence of pets. Dander is dead skin cells that come off of pets. It can be especially problematic for those with pet allergies.
If your home does not have pets, it can still contain biological contaminants. Small pests like mice and cockroaches can actually leave trace amounts of dander and pollution from their droppings.
Mold or Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive on moisture. Any excess moisture can allow mold or mildew to grow, which can cause allergic reactions to the eyes, nose and throat. Though they are also a biological contaminant, they are very different from animals. Eliminating standing water and controlling the moisture in your home is key to stopping this source.
Many households across the country use natural gas to fuel their appliances. It is important to know that any type of gas-burning system produces air pollution. In the worst cases, carbon monoxide can be released. This odorless colorless gas can pose a real danger to those without CO2 detectors.
Candles or Air Fresheners
These products can release harmful chemicals into the air if you are unaware of what they’re made of. In fact, most air fresheners don’t actually freshen the air – they just release scented mist. If you suspect these items could be harmful in your home just look for organic fresheners or burn candles made of natural materials like soy and beeswax.
Chemicals in household cleaners are great for cleansing, but they can also release chemicals into the air. Sprays, polish and detergents can all release harmful agents into our homes while we think we’re making it cleaner.
Want More Information About IAQ?
Always feel free to contact the team at Mission AC with any IAQ questions and concerns you may have. We are proud to serve the Houston area and help our customers breathe cleaner healthier air. Contact us today!