How to Get Rid of Air Pollutants

A Breath of Fresh Air

There’s nothing like taking a deep satisfying breath of fresh spring air.  Now imagine taking that same deep breath in your home and getting lungfuls of air that is stale, slightly scented or even sticky.  Wait, that doesn’t seem right, does it?  Unfortunately, it’s all too common in today’s super-sealed homes.  Before you get too squeamish, here’s what you need to know…

Cleaning Supplies

Pollutants.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollutants include: chemicals, such as those from cleaning supplies, paints, pesticides, dirt, and tobacco smoke; gases, such as radon and carbon monoxide; allergens, such as pet hair and dander; and mold and pests.  Whew, that’s quite a list!  Most of us can recognize at least a few immediately.  These indoor pollutants may cause headaches, itchy or burning eyes, nose and throat, not to mention allergies and respiratory problems.  This leads us to…

How to clean it.  Qualified HVAC professionals (like us!) have many tools to clean and purify your air depending on your home’s specific issues.  There are options for everything from systems that cycle fresh air into your home all the way to cleaning ductwork for immediate results.

To decide what your family’s best option is for fresh, clean air, give us a call.  We’ll take a look and, best case scenario, your air will already be pristine and mountain fresh – no harm done.  If not, you’ll get practical solutions to help your family breathe easier this season.  Either way, you win.  Just let us know – we’re here for you.

Although adorable, pets can cause air pollution.

Although adorable, pets cause indoor air pollution…but so do humans so keep them around.  🙂

How We Can All Reduce Pollution…Today

Most people would probably associate words like “city” and “traffic” with air pollution.  But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, what we do inside our homes can be polluting the air both indoors and outside.  So, consider the following tips for reducing air pollution.

  • Recycle.  Local recycling centers accept electronics, paper, organic…you name it!  Charities will accept any of those that are still usable.
  • Properly dispose of common household items.  Many items around the house can be very harmful to the environment if not disposed of or stored properly.  Make sure your paints, pesticides and solvents are stored in airtight containers.
  • Inspect your appliances regularly.  Inspecting heating and cooling systems can help reduce the emissions or harmful gases into the air both inside and outside your home.  Have a professional (like us!) check your home comfort system in the fall and in the spring.
  • Look at things in terms of your physical health.  Exposure to air pollution can aggravate asthma, lead to potential lung damage, and cause coughing or shortness of breath.  That’s not fun for anyone.

To learn more about controlling the air pollution in your home, check out our indoor air quality systems.  We’ll help you – and your family – breathe easier this season.