3 Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Contaminants in your Charleston, South Carolina, home can lead to poor indoor air quality, asthma or allergy symptoms, rashes, eye irritation, and other health issues. They can also cause bad smells and create costly, uncomfortable problems with your HVAC system, as well. Here are some of the most common indoor air pollutants and the best ways to protect yourself and your family.

Pet Dander

Like humans, furry friends like dogs, cats, and other indoor pets shed natural particles called dander. Many people are allergic to pet dander, and it can cling to your carpeting, bedding, furniture, and clothing. It can cause runny noses, itchy eyes, fatigue, and other symptoms.

Fortunately, you can reduce pet dander by cleaning your home regularly and using an indoor air purifier. You can also choose a pet that produces less dander. Some dogs and cats are hypoallergenic and are bred to shed smaller amounts of pet dander. In addition, small animals such as mice or hamsters won’t impact your indoor air quality as much as larger ones.

Pollen

Pollen is another common allergen, and it’s a common cause of seasonal sinus problems. Avoid having houseplants with flowers, and take off your shoes and coat after you walk in the door to keep pollen from spreading through your home. It’s also a good habit to change the air filter in your HVAC system once per month to prevent it from becoming clogged by pollen or other pollutants such as dirt and dust.

Biological Growth

Microorganisms can damage your walls, ceilings, carpeting, and furniture. They often cause unpleasant musty or rotting smells, and they can lead to allergy or asthma symptoms. You can prevent biological growth by keeping your home’s humidity low. Use exhaust fans or a ventilation system to remove excess moisture produced by cooking or showering. Another solution is investing in a dehumidifier, which can reduce biological growth, as well.

M&B Heating and Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 50 years of HVAC and indoor air quality experience. We guarantee 100 percent customer satisfaction, and you can contact us at 843-628-1775.

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