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5 Indoor Air Quality Killers

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Did you know the average person spends almost 90 percent of their time indoors? With at least one-third of your day spent inside of your home, shouldn't the quality of your home's air be paid more attention to? If you're looking to help improve your home's indoor air quality, be sure to eliminate these five things from your home.

  1. Pet Dander – For those with household pets like dogs, cats, hamsters, and even birds, your furry little friends are leaving behind their dander. Pet dander is an accumulation of dead skin, saliva, feces, etc. and can lower the indoor air quality while also triggering allergic reactions in people.
  2. Smoke – Almost every person knows that you shouldn't smoke inside of your home. However a lot of people will ignore this obvious rule which will subject others to secondhand smoke and your home to thirdhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke is how the smoke can affect items in your home like wallpaper, furniture, and linens.
  3. VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds are extremely bad to breathe in and are unfortunately present in many household items. Certain paints, cleaners, aerosol sprays, and candles will emit these air quality killers. Instead of purchasing store brands, opt for natural remedies and solutions.
  4. Mold – If your home has a leak, the humidity level is too high, or you refuse to use the exhaust fan while taking a shower, mold can begin to grow within 48 hours. The moment mold begins to grow in you home it can be easily spread if it's disturbed and will severely cripple your home's indoor air quality. Exposure to high levels of mold on a daily basis can make you sick and even lead to the development of chronic respiratory conditions.
  5. Dust – No matter what you do, dust will be present in your home. However, by dusting your home with an electromagnetic cloth followed by vacuuming, you can remove a significant amount of dust. It is also recommended that your air ducts are cleared of any dust and possible mold every year or two depending on your lifestyle.

Home is where we sleep and spend a majority of our quality time with family and friends, so it's important to make sure your indoor air quality is as high as it can be. When you need your air ducts cleaned by professionals, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.