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Common Household Items That Can Pollute Your Air

July 22, 2020

We hear a lot about air pollution in the news. But, rarely do we consider the air within our own homes. Here at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re on a mission to educated homeowners in Pitt and Beaufort counties about the importance of their indoor air quality. The startling truth, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is that the air circulating through your home is actually two to five times more polluted than the air outside! You may also have not been aware, many of the everyday household items you’re using can actually be contaminating your home’s air. Here are few common products that can diminish your home’s indoor air quality and pollute your air.

1. Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products are full of chemicals and can release harmful airborne particles. Using natural products, or making your own cleaning concoction with water, vinegar and baking soda, can help you avoid releasing these pollutants into your home’s air.

2. Paint
If you have recently painted inside your home, the paint fumes could have taken a toll on your air’s health. We recommend disposing of empty paint cans immediately. We also suggest using paints with low levels of VOC.

3. Aerosol Sprays
Hair sprays and other aerosols can seriously affect the air in your home and contribute to outdoor pollution.

4. Air Fresheners
Just one air freshener can contain hundreds of chemicals. Some of these chemicals can even trigger headaches, coughs, allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

It is impossible to avoid all products that pollute air. But there are steps you can take to make your home cleaner, safer and healthier. At Advance Mechanical, we can recommend several solutions to improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep you and your family healthy. These products include things like humidifiers, professional air purification systems and UV lights. If you’re ready to breathe safer air in your home, give us a call today!