Did you know the air quality inside your home might be worse than the air quality outside? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air in many homes and other buildings is more heavily polluted than the air you might encounter if you were outdoors in the most industrialized cities.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and ensure that your home is a healthy and safe place to live. Here’s what you should know about the contaminants that may be lurking in your air, and what you can do to get rid of them.

An IAQ test can help determine what is in your home's indoor air.Common indoor air contaminants

There are many pollutants that make their way into homes through doors, on clothing, or dragged in on the bottom of someone’s shoes. A few of the most common pollutants found in indoor air include: pollen, mold particles, and dust.

Pollen may not be a major issue for some. But if you have allergies, breathing in pollen particles can cause discomfort. When you’re in a constant state of inflammation due to consistently breathing in allergens, your immune system gets overloaded and may stop functioning effectively. If that happens, you may get sick more frequently and severely.

Some types of mold are harmless, but others can be quite dangerous. If you have excess moisture in your home, mold can develop. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to mold include:

  • Headaches
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Irritation and swelling of the throat and/or eyes
  • Skin irritation
  • Coughing and/or wheezing

If you have asthma, mold can also trigger asthma attacks. Certain types of mold, such as black mold, are harmful to anyone who breathes in the spores.

Dust is impossible to avoid, but it can cause problems if you breathe it in. Dust tends to collect on surfaces and in carpets. It can also irritate the mucous membranes in your nose and lead to rhinitis. Depending on the amount of dust you breathe in regularly, your symptoms may be mild or severe. Long-term exposure to large amounts of dust can injure the lungs.

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

Despite the dangers that indoor air pollutants pose to you and your family, you can take comfort in knowing there are ways to improve your air. Some solutions are easier to implement than others, but they are all worth the effort. Here are a few ways you can combat poor air quality in your own home:

  • Schedule an indoor air quality audit
  • Dust and vacuum daily
  • Change your air filters often
  • Purchase an air purifier
  • Regularly clean drapes, bedding, and other items that attract dust and allergens
  • Remove shoes when you walk into your home
  • Open windows when possible to let fresh air in and contaminated air out

Call our team to schedule a professional IAQ test

Before you can combat your indoor air problem, you need to find out what kinds of contaminants are in your home. An indoor air quality audit from the team at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning will provide you with a detailed analysis of your indoor air. Once your audit is complete, you’ll be given suggested solutions to help improve the air you breathe every day.

Once your IAQ audit is complete, the team at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help improve your home’s indoor air quality by installing filters, UV lamps, and other equipment to purify and clean the breathable air in your home. To get started and put your home on the path to better indoor air, call us.