Unexpected Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

September 2, 2020


Indoor air pollution is something that you can’t see, but it everpresent. Indoor contaminants can irritate your body inside and out. This type of pollution can even be seriously harmful. Here are a few unexpected sources of indoor air pollution.

Volatile Organic Compounds

In some cases, indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor pollution. One unexpected source is volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These are gases that many common household products discharge. VOCs may cause you or your family members to experience:

• Headaches

• Eye irritation

• Nausea

• Throat soreness

New Carpet

New carpeting, the underpadding, and the glue used to attach it can all emit dangerous gases. Before purchasing a new carpet, shop for a low-VOC floor covering. Also, have the carpet store unroll it at the storage site so that it can air out for a few days before they install it.


If you cook with nonstick cookware, it may release noxious fumes into your home’s air. Avoid placing cookware with nonstick coating into hot ovens. When you do cook with it, turn on the exhaust fan. Stainless steel and cast iron are better materials to cook with since they don’t emit the same kind of toxic chemicals.

Cleaning Products

Some household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can pollute your home’s indoor air quality. To protect your home’s air, consider cleaning with baking soda, hot water, lemon juice, and vinegar. Use microfiber cleaning cloths and purchase green cleaning products that feature fewer toxins.

Better Indoor Air Quality

Allergens and pollutants can stick to your home’s carpet and furniture. To prevent this, vacuum frequently. You can decrease unexpected sources of indoor air pollution by making sure that your home has the proper ventilation. A professional HVAC company can help you install a ventilation system, one that will keep your indoor air safe for you and your family.



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