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Environmental toxins are hard to avoid and many are lurking in your home. However, there are steps you can take to reduce pollution levels and keep your home healthy. Here are the main culprits that contribute to indoor air pollution in your Sarasota, Florida, home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) — most commonly formaldehyde — are found in a variety of household products. These include paints, wood varnishes, cleaning products, air fresheners, cosmetics, perfumes, and tobacco smoke. High concentrations of VOCs cause short- and long-term health problems, including headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathing difficulties, and liver and kidney damage. To lower the levels of VOCs in your home, don’t smoke inside, keep paint and solvent containers closed, switch to green cleaning products, and circulate fresh air throughout your home.

Particle Pollution

Particle pollution can come from indoor sources like dust and bacterial growth or outdoor sources like pollen and automobile fuel emissions. Gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers also contribute to pollution entering homes. To prevent dust buildup, bacterial growth, and allergens, keep your home clean and have your HVAC system’s ductwork cleaned regularly. You should also consider buying an air purifier and installing a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low.

Pesticides

We all know that pesticides are poisonous. However, no one wants to live with pests, so bug spray is often found in homes across the United States. Insects and rodents can take up residence in your HVAC’s duct system and the bacteria from fecal matter and decaying rodents will end up circulating through the air and cause illness. To avoid this health hazard, duct cleaning is crucial. In addition, there are natural ways to keep pests out of your home. Cinnamon, herbs, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, citronella oil, and diatomaceous earth all help repel pests like spiders, ants, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and silverfish.

It’s impossible to keep all environmental toxins out of your home, but you can find ways to control them. To have one of our professionals assess your home’s pollution levels and recommend ways to improve the indoor air quality, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715.

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