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Sources of Poor Indoor Air Quality

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Blog Highlights:

  • It is important to understand what sources contribute to poor indoor air quality
  • One of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality is combustion devices and heating devices
  • You should have your home inspected and follow the advice of your contractor to ensure the safest possible living environment

Clean air is important for healthy living. If you’re in Salt Lake City or Park City, it is important to understand what sources contribute to poor indoor air quality and to learn about ways to ensure clean, breathable air. The issue of air quality is not to be taken lightly. In the extreme poor air quality can cause dizziness, eye and nose irritation, and asthma among other things.

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Combustion and Heating Devices

One of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality is combustion devices and heating devices. Gas-fired furnaces and oil-burning furnaces inadvertently produce pollutants throughout the heating process. Gas stoves, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and even clothing dryers can infect the air with dangerous particles, too.

If you have an HVAC system and the device has been installed correctly and maintained, air quality should be regulated. Any dangerous particles should be filtered out of the air and released outside through the vents, exhaust system, or chimney. It is imperative that you make sure the venting system is sealed properly. Faulty seals can allow carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide to escape into the air. If that happens, occupants may experience headaches, irritation of the eyes and throat and, in some cases, death.

The EPA suggests that any room containing a combustion device or heating system be equipped with proper ventilation. Additionally, take the time to maintain your machines. Hire a professional to install your furnace and any other heating devices, and make sure you update and maintain them regularly.

Mold

Mold exists just about everywhere. It’s outside and inside and its spores can easily permeate the air around us. Mold requires moisture and darkness to thrive inside a home. If left unchecked, it can cause irritation to the eyes and skin as well as cause asthma. To prevent mold ensure your rooms are properly ventilated, have some exposure to light, and are kept as dry as possible.

Radon

Radon, which is a byproduct of the breaking down of uranium found in soil and stone under your home, can also degrade air quality. Radon poisoning is a very serious issue that can lead to lung cancer. You should have your home inspected and follow the advice of your contractor to ensure the safest possible living environment.

Smoke

Smoking and secondhand smoke can lead to cancer, respiratory illnesses, and aggravated asthma. In addition to seriously reducing the quality of air in your home, the particles and fumes can seep into clothing and carpeting, giving your home a permanent smell. In order to maintain good air quality inside the home, make the home a smoke-free zone. Go outside to smoke and ask visitors to do the same.