Causes of Indoor Air Pollution & How to Improve Poor Air Quality in Your North Las Vegas, NV Home

The average person spends about 90% of their time indoors. Outdoor pollution in big cities has always been a major issue, this is a well-known fact. If you live here in Vegas then you know you need a car to get around town, cars cause major pollution, along with the fact that we live in a giant dust bowl called a desert. If you stand from a lookout point, like the 215 beltway, or even Sunrise/Frenchman mountains, and you look out towards the strip, all you see is a cloud of haze looming over our great city. But, did you know that one of the most polluted areas in our city can be found right in the comfort of your own home? Scientists estimate that indoor air quality can be up to 70% more polluted than outdoor air! Think of all the things we drag in from outside, no matter where you live, it is always a good idea to take off your shoes when you enter your home to avoid introducing toxins to your home. These can include pesticides, radon, outdoor cleaners, car grease and oil, biological pollutants etc. Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning explores the causes and problems of indoor air pollution below.

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

Aside from the things we can avoid, there are some hidden dangers floating around our homes, the primary causes of indoor air pollution come from sources within our home that produce various gasses or particles that become suspended into the air and are eventually inhaled deep into our lungs. High heat or humidity can even increase the concentrations of certain pollutants. These pollutants come from but are not limited to, fuel burning combustion appliances, chimneys, fireplaces, tobacco products that are smoke indoors, biological pollutants such as dust mites, pet dander, or bug body parts, household cleaning products, carbon monoxide, indoor particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, even a simple home remodeling or redecorating where you install new floors or cabinets is a likely culprit of indoor air pollution. Without adequate ventilation from exhaust fans that lead to the outdoors, opening windows frequently, and keeping your air ducts cleaned every few years, these particulates and gasses become trapped in our homes, raising levels of bad indoor air quality and will cause health problems and damage to our bodies.

Indoor Air Quality Problems

Symptoms of short term exposure to these toxins include effects such as, eye irritation, throat irritation, nose irritation, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and will aggravate respiratory diseases like asthma, COPD, bronchitis etc. Long term symptoms that show up after years of repeated exposure to these toxins are heart disease, cancer, and certain respiratory diseases. The effects of such exposure will greatly vary from person to person, but will affect people with a weakened immune system, elderly people, people with respiratory ailments and children the most.

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With high temperatures making their appearance here as early as April, it can be costly to open windows and let the air out. When air handlers, or vents don’t remove indoor air as efficiently as they should, the indoor air we breathe becomes polluted. The EPA has warned us against the dangers of smaller particles that get inhaled deep into our lungs and cause irreversible damage to our lungs and heart. Indoor air pollution has even been known to cause premature death in people with heart or lung problems. To remove particulate matter, you should have exhaust fans that vent to the outside while any cooking is being done. Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning can also inspect, clean, and tune up your central HVAC system. Repair any leaks that may occur as soon as they pop-up. Change your HVAC filters regularly, avoid the use of unvented appliances and open windows or door as much as possible to air out your home. This should limit the amount of pollution in your homes and keep your families safe. Contact Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning today!

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