Are You Making Your Indoor Air More Polluted?

The American Lung Association ranks the Pittsburgh, PA, area among the 25 worst metro areas in the country for fine particulate air pollution. Breathing polluted air outdoors is dangerous to your health, but the quality of your indoor air is just as important. You’re possibly making your indoor air more polluted if you engage in certain indoor activities.

Cooking Food Until It Burns

Chronically breathing excessive smoke from burning food or an indoor grill can cause irritation to the lungs and increase the risk of lung disease, chronic coughs, colds, bronchitis and pneumonia. The smoke can linger in the air for hours or days, depending on your home’s ventilation and the severity of the situation.

Smoking Cigarettes Inside the House

Cigarette smoke is full of harmful particulates, and it’s also one of the biggest forms of indoor air pollution. Cigarette smoke can linger in the air for up to five hours after you’re done smoking. Even people who don’t smoke are at risk when they breathe this secondhand smoke.

Letting the Air Filter Get Too Dirty

Maintaining your HVAC system helps keep your indoor air fresh and clean. Part of this includes making sure the air filter is clean enough to trap dust, dander and other particles that pollute your air.

A dirty air filter has less effectiveness. That means particles that the filter would normally trap can pass through into your air. You might start to experience respiratory problems, such as a cough or asthma-like symptoms.

Using Products That Contain Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that vaporize into the air. You can find these chemicals in several products, including hairspray, household cleansers, household disinfectants and pesticides. Breathing these chemicals can cause health effects such as throat, nose and eye irritation.

Indoor air quality plays an important role in your health. Contact Greyfox Heating & Cooling to learn how we can help improve the air quality of your home in Pittsburgh, PA.

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