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If you’re like most folks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you probably assume the air inside your home is healthy and clean. Unfortunately, indoor air contains higher concentrations of dust, pet dander, and other pollutants, which could be making you and your family sick. We’ll outline three common threats to your indoor air quality and what you can do about them.

Outdoor Pollution

Contaminated outdoor air makes its way into our homes, no matter what measures we take to prevent it. Just think about the pollen and fungal spores your family members bring in on their clothes and shoes. Industrial pollutants and vehicle exhaust can also seep in through windows, doors, and cracks in the home’s exterior.

Adequate ventilation is key for removing contaminated air. You can also take extra steps to avoid bringing in pollutants by leaving your shoes at the door. Keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high. It is a good idea to repair any cracks or leaks, especially if there are persons in your home who are sensitive to these allergens.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Every home has items that release chemical pollutants into the air. These gases are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and they can pose serious health risks.

Common chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetone, and benzene are more prevalent in your indoor air that you might realize. This is because they are present in commonly-used items like cleaning products and fragrances. Even paints and wood stains release VOCs into the air. Switching to all-natural cleaners and VOC-free products can help, but you should also use an air purifier at home to keep the air clean and breathable.

Dust

Many people suffer from dust and dust mite allergies. Reduce dust concentrations in your home by vacuuming regularly with a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter. Wash your bedding weekly in hot water and dust headboards and nightstands. If anyone in your family suffers from respiratory issues, asthma, or allergies, consider investing in a whole-home air purifier.

With so many factors affecting your home’s indoor air quality, it’s important to take steps to prevent indoor pollution. Call Air Doctor Services, Inc. at 843-305-8824 to learn more about our indoor air quality products and services.

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