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When temperatures drop in Ocean City, Maryland, homeowners start to spend more time indoors — and that means more exposure to indoor air pollution. But if you tackle these three top causes of indoor air pollution, you’ll be breathing easy for the rest of this winter.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Some of the products you use to clean your home contribute to your indoor air pollution. Your scented air freshener, for example, likely contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can trigger headaches, throat and skin irritation, and, in some cases, even severe illness. These compounds are also present in many scented cleaners, perfumes, paints, and deodorizers. When you can, use organic cleaners so you can reduce exposure to VOCs.

Pet Dander

For all their cuteness, your pets can also cause indoor air pollution. Cats and dogs have a unique protein in their saliva that irritates many humans. As your pets groom themselves, they spread saliva over their fur and dead skin, which flakes off and spreads throughout your home. Limit dander by cleaning your pet often and confining them to only certain areas of the house.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide might be the most dangerous of these sources of indoor air pollution. If you use a heating system, that furnace likely releases carbon monoxide when it burns fossil fuels. The gas is vented away from your living space, meaning it’s unlikely that carbon monoxide will spread into your home. But a problem with your ventilation system can let this dangerous gas into your home. Prolonged exposure to the gas can result in nausea, unconsciousness, and, in the worst cases, even death.

Reduce the chances of carbon monoxide problems with professional HVAC maintenance, where technicians can inspect your unit and correct any problems.

Address these causes of indoor air pollution, and you’ll be on your way to building a healthier, more comfortable home. For a professional hand improving your indoor air quality, call Griffith Energy Services, Inc. at 888-474-3391.

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