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Indoor air pollution is a big problem because of burning solids, such as cigarettes, inside. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that your indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outside air due to various factors. Read on to learn about three threats to your indoor air quality in Plainview, TX.

1. Contaminants

There are many air pollutants in your home, such as pet dander, pollen, viruses, dust and other residues. Air fresheners, gas appliances and cleaning products can make the indoor air quality worse over time as well. Everyday items such as beauty supplies, HVAC systems and humidifiers can also hurt the air quality.

Another cause of poor indoor air quality can be outside particles that make their way inside. Moisture in the indoor air on a humid day can affect the air quality greatly. Smog, pesticides or radon from outside air pollution can also seep into your home and lower the air quality.

2. Poor Ventilation

Needing to improve the ventilation in your home is a common problem that you might not think about. Poor ventilation is more common in newer homes, where seals that are tight to save on energy costs may not allow proper airflow. The air inside your home will become stagnant and stale.

Without proper ventilation, there is no circulation. Contaminants in your home cannot escape outside. Opening windows is a good way to create circulation and may help with allergies and other health issues.

3. High Humidity

Excess moisture in the air will cause high humidity in your home. If the humidity gets too high, household products can release chemicals such as formaldehyde into the air, irritating your throat, eyes and skin. Home Air Check’s long list of formaldehyde-releasing products includes plywood, flooring, insulation, glues, paints, textiles, cosmetics, disinfectants, pet care products and combustion byproducts.

Viruses and bacteria breed in places with high humidity. Other contaminants can release into the air, but the moisture will make the air feel sticky. You could overwork your HVAC system because the air will feel warmer than it is.

We know how important the health and comfort of your household are. For all your indoor air quality solutions in Plainview, TX, call Duncan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. & Plumbing to schedule an appointment.

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