What You Need to Know About Indoor Toxins

July 27th, 2016

Indoor air quality affects how well you can breathe in your home. There are certain toxins that can negatively affect your indoor air quality without your knowledge. Here’s what you need to know about the toxins that could compromise your indoor air quality and how they might affect your health:

Biological Toxins

There is a wide range of biological pollutants that could hinder your indoor air quality. Bacteria, viruses, pollen, and even dander from animals could create potentially dangerous breathing conditions for you and your family. Dust mites and cockroaches could also lead to significant problems. Biological pollutants might lead to infections, allergic reactions, or asthma attacks.

Secondhand Smoke

Although actually smoking cigarettes is considered the fastest way to ingest tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke could be just as dangerous. With more than 200 known poisons, even secondhand exposure puts you at great risk for coming into contact with toxins like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. If you or someone else smokes inside of your home, it could severely affect your indoor air quality. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for certain cancers and causes health issues like pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, and ear infections. Secondhand smoke could even lead to asthma and asthma attacks.


Asbestos was a popular construction material used in older homes. If your home was built in or before the 1970’s, you might have asbestos interfering with your indoor air quality. Inhaling asbestos could scar your lung tissue and increase your risk for cancers like mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in floors, insulation, walls, pipes, and even heating equipment.

If you are worried about your indoor air quality, Russett Southwest is here to help. Our heating and cooling experts can check out your home to make sure the indoor air quality is not causing any major problems for you or your family. To learn more about our Indoor Air Quality services including the Healthier Home, Healthier You program or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.