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Indoor Air Quality Facts

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the pollutant levels inside your home could be five times greater than the pollutant levels outside. Combine this with the fact that we spend almost 90 percent of our time indoors and it should come as no surprise that almost everyone is going to struggle with respiratory problems at some point in their life. Fortunately, a few home upgrades and lifestyle changes could help you remove up to 99 percent of airborne contaminants and significantly improve the indoor air quality in your house.

Poor Indoor Air Quality May Be Making You Sick

Indoor Air Quality Contaminants

The health issues related to the poor indoor air quality are very similar to the ones observed in people suffering from asthma, allergies, or common cold. Your family members might wake up every morning with a sore throat or feeling groggy. Many people will also struggle with runny noses, itchy eyes and chronic headaches which become more prevalent at certain times of the year.

For families who live in humid climates, such as here in the Myrtle Beach area, mold spores can be a major problem. This living organism will often thrive in ducts, bathrooms, and kitchens. Volatile organic compounds are another major issue for many homeowners. These compounds can be found in a wide variety of everyday products and will increase the risk of respiratory issues ranging from asthma to certain forms of cancer. If you happen to schedule regular appointments with an exterminator you should ask them about what kinds of pesticides and chemicals they will be using.

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

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Your heating and cooling systems are your first line of defense against outdoor contaminants, which is why it is so important to invest in high-quality air filters as well as have your HVAC systems serviced at least twice a year. Homeowners should also take some time to research any new products they are bringing into their home. This is especially important for cleaning supplies which can release VOCs, formaldehyde and other unhealthy toxins into the air.

If you have any questions about the different ways to improve your indoor quality contact Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. via our convenient form or call us today at 843-497-9867.

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