Indoor air quality is a growing problem among properties in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Contaminants in the air you breathe indoors can be much more concerning than those you’re exposed to outdoors, resulting in health problems and symptoms. Here are three household products that can negatively impact IAQ:

Volatile Organic Compounds

You’ll find volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in certain household cleaning products. The presence of VOCs in your indoor air can cause allergic symptoms and respiratory problems, such as congestion, coughing and trouble breathing. Long-term exposure to polluted indoor air can have more serious effects, such as cardiovascular problems and an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

VOCs are especially concerning for those with existing breathing conditions, such as asthma. Some of the most common products that release VOCs include chlorine bleach, aerosol sprays, dry cleaning chemicals, furniture polishes, oven cleaners and air fresheners.

Home Renovation Products

Are you in the middle of a home renovation project? Some of the products and materials you’re using can impact your indoor air quality. Products used to preserve wood can release VOCs into the air, as can the adhesives used to stick new carpeting to the floor. Additionally, paint, paint strippers, hobby supplies, moth repellents and pesticides can all lower the quality of the air you breathe. As a result, they can make you sick.

Household Cleaning Products

Although keeping your home clean is important to maintaining good indoor air quality, certain cleaning products can actually make things worse. Avoid using chlorine bleach, aerosol-based cleaning sprays. and air fresheners. That’s because these products can impact the quality of your indoor air. Switching to natural cleaning products can make a big difference while allowing you to breathe easier.

Are you still struggling to maintain healthy indoor air in your home? Gentry Heating, Inc. carries solutions that can purify the air and remove contaminants. Contact us for more information at 828-581-4045.

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