Causes of Indoor Air Pollutants and Ways to Overcome Them
Question: what is in our household air? According to the World Health Organization, fumes from such simple activities as cooking on a gas stove or warming a room with a fireplace can emit dangerous toxins. Carbon monoxide and physical particles are among the toxins that arise from the fire, and others commonly found in our indoor air include microbes, fungi, mold, and radon. In reality, there are many particles in our indoor air, and oftentimes, we do not even realize which of our everyday household tasks put them there. Some of our most basic chores cause emissions, and while most of the effusions are non-toxic, we are still better off with indoor air that is as pure as possible. Therefore, in order to being purifying our indoor air, we must know what specifically causes these pollutants and what can be done to eliminate them.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollutants?
There are literally dozens of sources of indoor pollutant problems, but many of these sources stem from some sort of humidity or water. In our modern houses, humidity is a constant worry. If there is too much, our homes turn into breeding grounds for bacteria, especially mold. Conversely, if there is too little, the dry air could cause eye and respiratory irritation. Finding a comfortable medium with your humidity levels is just one of the many important reasons to have a properly working air conditioning system.
Another cause of pollutants is ventilation. Making sure that your house is properly ventilated is paramount for producing clean air, according to Green Facts. Stagnant air, much like stagnant water, is a great place for mold and other bacteria to form. Especially in houses that are well insulated, it can be difficult to keep air moving throughout the house, so air conditioning systems can significantly assist in these situations.
Various other causes of air pollutants include:
- Open fires (gas stove, fireplace, etc.)
- Pet dander
- Cleaning chemicals
- Aerosol sprays
Again, there are countless sources of pollutants, as nearly everything emits something into the atmosphere, but these particular causes that we have discussed are dominant.
What Can We Do About Indoor Air Pollutants?
The answer to this question may be overwhelming, as it seems as though there are as many solutions to getting rid of pollutants as actual pollutants. However, one of the best ways overall to get rid of most pollutants in the house is to replace the filter on your air conditioning unit. This is a simple task that only needs to be done roughly four times per year. To change the filter, all you have to do is measure the size of the filter (oftentimes, the size is already written around the edge of the filter), pick up a new filter at your local hardware store, and replace the old with the new. Thankfully, just by changing the air filter, you can wipe out a large portion of the pollutants in the air.
Another wonderful way to rid your air conditioning system of mold is by cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils. Dirty coils can create mold throughout the system by causing a buildup of water.
Other ways to get rid of pollutants are specific to the type of pollutant of which you are trying to rid your house. To get rid of the toxins emitted by household cleaners, we recommend using more natural or organic cleaning solutions, as these generally have healthier ingredients. Keeping your air conditioning on or just turning on fans will keep the air in your house circulating and thereby prevent stagnant air. Of course, the cleaner you keep your house, the cleaner the air should be.
What Will You Do For Cleaner Air?
Clean air is incredibly important for the health and safety of your family, but it can be difficult to achieve without maintaining your heating and cooling equipment and choosing the right products. Be proactive in the move toward cleaner air by replacing your filters, cleaning your air conditioning coils, and ventilating your house, as these are just a few effective ways to insure a healthy atmosphere for you and your family.
View our page on air quality to learn more about what you can do to keep your home safe, and for more information on the indoor air quality services of Gator Air and Energy, contact us.