The accumulation of pollutants in indoor air can be annoying in the short term, causing eye and skin irritation. Over the long term, pollutants can aggravate or cause serious health problems. If the air quality in your home is suffering, you can alleviate some of the immediate problems using portable air cleaners. But if you want to make a drastic difference in your air quality, you might need to address the source (or sources) of the problem.
Common Sources and Causes of Poor Indoor Air
Common sources and causes of poor indoor air quality include:
- Malfunctioning or old appliances.
- Building materials such as asbestos-containing insulation or damp carpet.
- Combustion sources such as wood, coal, oil, gas or kerosene.
- Cigarette or pipe smoke.
- Malfunctioning or old heating and cooling equipment.
- Sources from outdoors, such as radon or pesticides.
- Poor ventilation.
- Poor air filtration.
Maintaining the quality of air in your home might be something you can do yourself. You won’t be able to completely eliminate all the sources of air pollution in your home, but you can take steps to reduce accumulation. A few strategies:
- Changing the air filters on your HVAC equipment to help it better trap pollutants.
- Adjusting or replacing gas furnaces so that they generate less carbon monoxide.
- Replacing faulty old appliances.
- Sending smokers outside.
- Improving the ventilation in your home. You may need to have a professional contractor inspect your ventilation system or install a new, whole-house system.
- Improving your air cleaning system.
You also can hire a contractor to evaluate the quality of the air in your home and help identify other sources of pollutants. If you have questions about the air quality in your home, or would like to request service in the Greater Sacramento area, please contact the professionals at All Year.