December 13, 2023
Indoor air quality tips

Indoor air pollution is a serious problem in many homes—one that is often overlooked. Let’s take a look at the four most common indoor pollutants and what can be done about them.

1. Excessive Moisture

Having some moisture in your home’s air isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, having a humidity level between 30% and 60% is ideal for the average home. On the other hand, too much moisture in your home can cause a lot of problems. Not only can high levels of moisture lead to mold and mildew growth, but it makes your home the ideal habitat for dust mites. High humidity levels are also incredibly uncomfortable.

The best way to reduce the humidity in your home is with a dehumidifier. This will draw the moisture out of the air and keep your home’s humidity at a more comfortable level. Contact Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. to learn more about having a dehumidifier installed in your home.

2. Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are gases that are emitted from products such as aerosol spray cans, pesticides, paints, and cleaning products. They can irritate your eyes and throat, cause nausea, and even cause kidney and liver damage in high concentrations. To keep VOCs down to a minimum in your home, always have proper ventilation whenever you use a product that could emit these compounds.

3. Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by the combustion of fuels. It’s a common by-product of a faulty furnace or gas stove, which is why it’s crucial that your furnace be checked out and maintained at least once a year. You should also have at least one carbon monoxide detector for every floor in your home. If they go off, evacuate your home immediately and call 911 as soon as you are someplace safe.

4. Radon

Radon is a radioactive gas that may be present in some homes. It is colorless and odorless much like carbon monoxide, and it can cause serious health problems. Radon screening kits can help detect the levels of radon in your home, but you will need to contact a professional if levels are too high.

If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. to ask us about our air quality services. We also provide other HVAC services such as heating and air conditioning installation, repair, and maintenance. Contact Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. today in Midlothian, VA to learn more about our services.

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