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3 Indoor Air Quality Culprits In Your Home


Dealing with the effects of poor indoor air quality in your Woodstock, Georgia, home can be a challenge, especially if you’re having trouble getting the issue under control. What you may not realize is that certain products you’re using in your home are negatively contributing to the quality of the air you breathe.

Cleaning Products

Many types of products contain volatile organic compounds, also referred to as VOCs. Some VOCs can have short- and long-term health effects. The concentration of VOCs is much higher indoors than it is outdoors, putting people at risk when they use them in their homes. Cleaning products can emit VOCs that are dangerous, leading to health symptoms such as headaches, nausea, irritation of the eyes, throat, and nose, and even damage to your organs and central nervous system.

When you clean your house, make sure to stick to natural products that won’t emit these dangerous compounds. You should also use as much ventilation as possible by keeping doors and windows open when you do use necessary cleaning products.

Air Fresheners

Freshening up the air in your home might seem like a good idea. However, the aerosol sprays and scented candles can actually do more harm than good. The chemicals found in aerosol sprays and the compounds emitted in the combustion process can lower the quality of the air you breathe within your home.

If you have an unpleasant odor you’re trying to eliminate, try natural options such as lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, or essential oils. The ventilation in your home may also circulate odors and keep them around. Therefore, make sure to change your HVAC filter regularly and run fans to move air more efficiently.

Home Renovation Products

Certain products used in the construction and renovation processes also emit VOCs, including adhesives used to install carpeting, paints, paint strippers, solvents, and wood preservatives. If you’re updating your home, keep the area as well-ventilated as possible.

At E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer indoor air quality solutions to improve your air, so contact us at 678-369-8866.

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