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Can Allergens in Building Materials Lower Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality is a very important part of keeping yourself healthy. Most people spend more time indoors than they do outdoors. But, they never seem to worry about the indoor quality of their air, only the outdoors. Poor indoor air quality can cause issues with breathing and asthma. It can also increase the chances of you getting sick. It makes you feel bad. While many things cause poor indoor air quality, few know that some things in their home can cause issues.

Building Material Allergens

Many building materials can have allergens and chemicals attached to them.

  • Flooring. Laminate flooring and wood flooring materials can contain many different chemicals. These can lead to poor indoor air quality. If you have carpet in your home, it can attract dust, pet hair, and more. Many people think that vacuuming will help to keep it clean, but they do not clean enough. It could also be that your vacuum is not good enough.
  • Paint. Paint materials contain chemicals that can cause allergies in some people. This is especially true if your home is older.
  • Insulation. Insulation materials can cause asthma in some people, and allergy symptoms in others. If there is an exposed piece of insulation in the house, it can cause issues with the air quality. Also, if your home has spray insulation, there may be particles still inside the home.
  • Ductwork. The ductwork of a home can cause allergies. This is especially true if there are holes in the ductwork, or if the filter is not changed often.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Reduce Allergens

Most of the materials that are in your home are there to stay. Most people do not have the money to make their home allergen-free. You can improve indoor air quality by cleaning your floors often. Be sure to address any issues with your HVAC system and have your ductwork inspected. Do what you can to remove any harmful chemical allergens from your home.

Another thing that can improve the quality of air in your home is an air purification system. An HVAC professional can help you to do this. There are many options, and they all will help to reduce allergen material in your home.

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To learn about things that may cause air quality issues, contact us today. Our team of HVAC professionals can help you to learn more about the air quality in your home and how to improve it.