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Indoor Air Quality Threats You May Not Know About

At Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, our HVAC experts spend a lot of time talking about indoor air quality. Like most indoor climate experts, we want to ensure you not only get to enjoy the perfect temperature, but that your home is free of harmful allergens and contaminants. However, while other air quality service providers are only focused on educating customers on the negative effects of dust, bacteria, mold, and pet dander, we are committed to going a step further, so you can eliminate less common dangers, too. Keep reading for the top 5 indoor air quality threats you may not know about, and make sure to contact Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for all your indoor air quality needs.

Top 5 Hidden Indoor Air Quality Hazards:

  1. Secondhand Smoke: Okay, so the general public is already largely aware of the dangers of smoking. However, you can add poor air quality to the other thousand reasons smoking is bad—including for people who don’t smoke. It’s also important to remember that even if no one in your home uses tobacco, secondhand smoke can affect your indoor air quality in multiple ways. A few months ago, we discussed the threat that fireplaces can pose to your home’s air. Even the smoke from candles can be quite toxic, depending what kind you are using and how many. To ensure you and your family are always comfortable and safe, watch out for all kinds of secondhand smoke, and consider installing an air cleaner for further protection.
  2. Gas Stoves: A lot of people love using traditional gas stoves over modern electric ones, and swear by their efficacy and efficiency when it comes to cooking. However, when you fry food on a natural gas stove, you can also release harmful pollutants into your air. Gas byproducts such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and even formaldehyde can all be released by your stove if you are not careful. If you have noticed a link between cooking and poor air quality in your home, consider calling a professional to look at your oven/stovetop set-up, as there’s a chance you may need to replace your current equipment with a newer, safer model.
  3. Hygiene Products: You may be surprised to learn that many common products found in your bathroom, products you use every day, such as soaps, shampoos, lotions, detergents, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, can affect your indoor air quality. In fact, scientists have determined there are a wide range of personal hygiene products that release noxious chemicals, and contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. In general, try to stay away from anything that has too much added fragrance, and don’t forget to read the labels when you are shopping for grooming and personal care items.
  4. Furniture: Most homeowners know that the compound formaldehyde is toxic, but many are not aware that every house has a certain amount of formaldehyde in it. Although formaldehyde is most commonly associated with the embalming process, it can also be found in furniture such as cabinets, as well as in plywood and flooring. If you have a new house with laminate flooring or custom cabinetry, you may want to consider using UV lights or another type of product to strengthen your indoor air quality.
  5. Radon: Radon is a colorless, chemically dormant gas that is sometimes concentrated in homes built on top of soil rich in natural uranium. This natural gas is harmless in small amounts, but can be deadly at high levels. As the second-leading cause of cancers in developed nations, it is extremely important to call for professional Radon testing if you are having shortness of breath or consistent respiratory issues in your home.

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