Most people rarely think about it, but the air quality in their homes can significantly impact health. Unfortunately, many household products often contain chemicals and pollutants that can get into our indoor air. Learn more about the major sources of contaminants you should be aware of.
Sources of Contaminants in Household Products
These are a primary source of pollutants in every household. Most cleaners contain chlorine, acids, solvents and detergents. If not well-ventilated, these can leave lingering odors or emit toxic fumes into our indoor air space. Excessive exposure to these irritants has been proven to cause respiratory irritation, fatigue and headaches.
Shaving creams, hair sprays, bug repellent and other related items are a potential risk due to their high flammability content. They also leave behind chemical additives that can linger in the air after dissipating their contents from spray application.
These often use fragrances to generate their appealing aroma. Unfortunately, many release particulate matter and some highly toxic chemicals when burned for a long time without adequate ventilation. Air fresheners also feature similar risks. Synthetic fragrances mixed with solvents increase your house’s overall VOC level, increasing the chance of developing a health issue.
Paints and Varnishes
Often found within households, paints and varnishes release volatile organic compounds that slowly outgas into our living spaces when opened up. These contaminants can make people vulnerable to illnesses caused by inhalation and ingestion.
Construction products such as insulation may contain petrochemicals, formaldehyde, or asbestos. These contaminants are carcinogens that should, at all costs, be avoided around people.
We Can Help You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
It’s great to see that more and more people are becoming aware of the potential health issues regarding everyday household items like cleaners, aerosols and paints. Acker Heating & Cooling in Colbert, GA, can provide other essential solutions to improve indoor air quality, including professional whole-home air cleaners installation. We also offer commercial HVAC and heating systems installation as well as air conditioning repairs. Call us at (706) 425-8774 or fill out our online form today.