If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time inside your home. The air that we breathe in our homes, however, can put us at risk for a host of health problems. Some health effects are immediate upon exposure, such as headaches and irritation to the eyes and throat. Other health effects may show up only years after repeated exposure, such as respiratory disease and cancer. Pollutants can be particularly harmful to children, the elderly, and those who have preexisting medical conditions. If you’re concerned about the quality of the air inside your home, Dignified Heating & Cooling in Lake Geneva, WI can perform an Indoor Air Quality Assessment and provide solutions to ensure the air you’re breathing is clean and safe. Here’s a look are some of the most common indoor air pollutants:

Biological Pollutants

Biological pollutants are or are produced, by living things. Examples of biological contaminants commonly found in homes include animal dander, dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and pests or insects. Biological pollutants are often found in wet or damp areas such as basements and bathrooms, but can quickly spread with the help of moisture. Biological pollutants can also contaminate central air handling systems, which then distribute the pollutants throughout the home. Health effects of biological pollutants vary by pollutant type and personal sensitivity. Biological pollutants can generally trigger allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. Maintaining the relative humidity between 30 percent and 60 percent will help control some biological pollutants, such as mold and dust mites. Adequate ventilation and good air circulation also cut down on biological pollutants.

Combustion Pollutants

Combustion pollutants are gases or particles released by burning materials. Common combustion pollutants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Both are odorless, colorless gases that can cause very serious health effects including headaches, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, and even death. Common household appliances that produce combustion pollutants include gas ranges and ovens, furnaces, gas water heaters, space heaters, gas clothes dryers, wood or coal-burning stoves, and fireplaces. Proper ventilation and regular inspection and maintenance of these appliances can reduce combustion pollutants in your home.

To ensure the air in your home is safe and clean, call Dignified Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment for an Indoor Air Quality Assessment.