5 Most Common Indoor Pollutants (and How to Get Rid of Them)
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Indoor pollutants can make your home environment unpleasant and can even trigger health problems. The following five pollutants are some of the most common risks facing homeowners. Read on to find out what causes indoor pollutants to invade your home and how to deal with them.
Basements and crawl spaces are the parts of the home most affected by moisture. Moisture can seep into these areas from outside and become trapped due to a lack of ventilation.
Dust mites are so small they’re practically invisible, but they’re the most common allergen-producing organism found in the home. Dust mites can live in carpets, upholstered furniture, pillows and mattresses. Moisture accumulation in the home can cause dust mites to reproduce more, as they thrive in humid environments.
Moisture can also cause mold to grow in the home. Excess mold can lead to respiratory issues, including asthma. Mold can also cause an unpleasant musty smell, which is common in damp basements. Mold can grow on many surfaces, including concrete, carpet and behind wall paneling.
Many building materials contain formaldehyde, which is released in gas form. Some carpets also contain formaldehyde. High levels of exposure to formaldehyde can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation and even increase the risk of cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Gases can come from many sources, including indoor appliances such as furnaces, gas dryers and water heaters. Vapors and gases can also be released from the ground. These vapors permeate the foundations and basement walls of the home. Some gases that are found in the home can be harmful to your health.
How to Avoid These Pollutants
The best way to keep pollutants out of your home is to keep it well-ventilated. A ventilation system that expels moisture and pulls in dry air from the upper levels of the home is one solution. Reducing the amount of moisture in the home can help reduce the levels of some indoor pollutants, as mold and mites thrive in a humid environment. Request a consultation with Wave Home Solutions today to find out how a ventilation system could help to keep your home free from common indoor pollutants.