Indoor Air Pollution
October 23, 2017

Indoor Air Pollution

Many of us think of the outdoors when we hear the phrase “air pollution.” Although air pollution is present outside, it can get even worse inside our homes since the pollutants get trapped within the walls. Whichever chemicals and substances are lurking in your home, you are inhaling everyday. There are a few specific things you should consider when looking to reduce this potentially threatening situation.

First, look for signs of pollutants. Mold can be found on any sort of moist surface. It can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Also beware of heavy use of volatile organic compounds. These are gases that can be found in things like aerosol sprays, cleaning products, paints, and more. An excess amount of these compounds can cause negative effects on human organs. Appliances such as gas stoves and ovens, charcoal grills, clothes dryers, generators, and heaters can emit toxic gases if leaking. That includes carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide.

Some pollutants, such as radon and asbestos, are even linked to lung cancer. Radon originates from the ground and enters your home through the basement or other cracks. Asbestos is found in deteriorating walls and ceilings, vinyl floor tiles, and thermal insulation.

There are ways that we can minimize the chance of these harmful elements from growing.

Give Radon Crew a call at 605-336-1000 to get your home tested radon and get any high levels mitigated. One way to prevent air pollutants is by keeping your home clean. Throw away unneeded items that may gather dust, keep all surfaces dry, fix leaks, and use a minimum amount of harmful cleaners. Lastly, ventilating your home will help. Open your windows regularly to improve indoor air quality.