What Are the Causes of Poor Indoor Quality?

We often think of poor air quality as being visible to the naked eye, and sometimes it is. We’ve all seen pictures of smoggy cities and dusty factories where the workers wear masks. But poor quality can also be like a ghost: just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. In all cases, poor air quality results from something being “released” into the air, whether gas, dust particles, vapor or mold. But there are four common causes of domestic air pollution that, once you identify them, you can remedy on your own.

One common source of indoor air pollution is materials that are burned to produce heat, such as gas, kerosene, wood and coal. Coal is seldom used as domestic heat source, but wood and gas are still used to power fireplaces and furnaces, and kerosene is still found in some space heaters. The best way to avoid heat sources that cause air pollution is to replace older heating methods with heat pumps.

Another common source of indoor air pollution is building materials, such as compressed wood, synthetic carpet and vinyl flooring and insulation. All of these materials can spread particles through the air. Natural wood, wood flooring, ceramic tile and foam sealed insulation are the best alternatives, respectively.

Another source of indoor pollution is cleaning solvents, domestic and industrial, such as bleach, ammonia, mineral spirits and acetone. Replacing these solvents with organic solvents is the best alternative.

Yet common source of indoor air pollution can be found in personal grooming products, such as aerosol deodorants, hair spray, cologne, perfume and aftershave. As with cleaning solvents, all of these products can be found in organic form.

By implementing non-toxic heating alternatives and building materials and by purchasing organic cleaning solvents and beauty products, you’ll drastically improve your home’s air quality, whether you can notice it with your naked eye or not.


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