Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Does anyone in your family have allergies? How about asthma?

The quality of outdoor air is declining with all of the new folks moving into the Raleigh/Durham area. But did you know that there’s a lot of dust and other air pollutants in homes? The 4 major indoor air pollutants are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC),  biological pollutants, combustion byproducts, and legacy pollutants. You might not be aware of it, but things like pet dander, cooking odors, and cleaners are all indoor air pollutants.

It’s been found that indoor air is up to five times worse than outdoor air in some cases. This is because of the higher levels of pollutants inside – which can then combine with outside pollutants.

Those who work and sleep at home often suffer from increased allergies, sensitivities to chemicals, and breathing problems due to this and the longer time in the same atmosphere. Research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.

Humidity Levels

Controlling the humidity levels can help prevent the growth of harmful organisms like mold. There are so many other sources that cause indoor pollution, but a couple you may not even think of are furnishings as they deteriorate and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products.

Indoor air pollution is often caused by inadequate ventilation which reduces the influx of outside air. Controlling the humidity levels and using germicidal UV lamps will prevent the growth of harmful organisms.

Newer Homes

Most homes these days are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can “leak” in and out. New residential construction often produces mold, dust, and other potential pollutants. The good news: There are a lot of healthy alternatives to traditional new construction.

If you believe you have poor air quality in your Raleigh or Durham home, give us a call. We have a variety of products that can help with that.