- Asbestos: If your home recently underwent a renovation, you might have high levels of airborne asbestos. These particles are highly dangerous and can even lead to conditions like high blood pressure, difficulty swallowing, and lung cancer.
- Mold and Mildew: Common uninvited guests, mold and mildew occur in high humidity areas like bathrooms and cellars, as well as places in the home that have endured water damage.
- Dander and Droppings: Pets might enrich our lives, but animal dander and droppings certainly don’t. Along with dust mites and cockroaches, many homes are plagued with animal fur, feathers, and dead skin!
- Pesticides: Pesticides and landscaping chemicals can be very dangerous when they get inside the home and into the air your family is breathing.
- Volatile Organic Compounds: Referring to substances used to manufacture and preserve building materials, VOCs include cleaning products, paints, and protective coatings. The Department of Labor regulates the amount of VOCs that can be in the workplace. However, it’s important to check the air in your home as well.
- Allergens: Outdoor allergens like ragweed, dust, and pollen can easily get inside and affect your air quality.
Many Americans take for granted that the air in their homes is clean. Unfortunately, EPA studies reveal that this assumption might not be based on fact. In fact, indoor air tends to be more hazardous than the air outside, containing 20 to 50 percent more contaminants. Moreover, this air could be affecting the health of your family members, exacerbating asthma and leading to more allergy outbreaks. Even if your air conditioning unit is functioning properly, there could still be pollutants and irritants found in your home’s air. Here are of the most common culprits in your indoor air supply: