Common Indoor Air Pollutants

April 5th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a concern for many homes. Pollutants such as dust, pollen, and animal dander in your home’s air can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and respiratory illnesses. Your Tucson air conditioning service can help by determining the source of poor indoor air quality in your home and taking steps to correct it to create a healthier environment for you and your family.

Non-Biological Pollutants

Smoke and dust are two of the most common non-biological pollutants found in homes. While it is impossible to prevent dust accumulation in your Tucson home, regular cleaning can remove excess dust before it can be recirculated by your air conditioner or heater. To remove dust effectively, use a damp cloth, electrostatic duster, or a vacuum. Feather dusters will only move dust around your home, rather than remove it completely. Additionally, smoke from tobacco products and wood-burning fireplaces can also accumulate in your home, reducing indoor air quality. Avoid smoking indoors, especially if you have children. Always step outside to smoke, as opening a window may not be sufficient to remove smoking byproducts from the air of your home. If you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace, make sure it is adequately ventilated and be sure to have the chimney cleaned and inspected once a year.

Biological Pollutants

Biological air pollutants come from living organisms. These may include mold spores, viruses, bacteria, animal dander, and particles from insects such as cockroaches or dust mites. Addressing leaks and scheduling regular pest prevention services for your home can reduce the incidence of mold and pest-related allergens in your air. You can also purchase a higher-quality air filter for your HVAC system, which will remove animal dander and larger biological pollutants from the air before it is heated or cooled.

If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, contact Russett Southwest Corp. today by calling (520) 629-9676. We provide fast, effective heating, cooling, and air quality solutions throughout the Tucson area. You can find more important information about your home’s indoor air quality on our website.