Pollutants, particulates and other contaminants in your indoor air can have a serious negative effect on your health. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has identified some of the most common pollutants found in indoor air as tobacco smoke, cleaning products, poorly performing central heating and cooling systems and toxic chemicals released by paints, pesticides and insulation. By taking steps to combat these sources of indoor air pollution, you can enjoy cleaner and healthier air inside your Charleston home. Here are three culprits to watch out for when addressing poor indoor air quality.

Volatile Organic Compounds

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, volatile organic compounds, also referred to as VOCs, can cause health issues for those exposed to these chemicals at high concentrations or for prolonged periods of time. VOCs are found in some paints, varnishes, pesticides and cleaning products. Experts recommend avoiding the use of these chemical compounds to ensure the highest degree of safety for yourself and your family.

Poor Ventilation

The CPSC also cites lack of proper ventilation as a leading reason for poor air quality in homes and businesses. This is especially true in homes designed for energy efficiency, which can sometimes do their job far too well. By keeping climate-controlled air sealed indoors, these structures can allow dangerous concentrations of chemical and particulate pollutants to build up inside your home. Investing in advanced air handlers and ventilation systems can ensure a healthier indoor environment.

Aging Air Conditioning Systems

Older cooling systems typically perform less efficiently, which can have a negative effect on the quality of your indoor air. Investing in a high-efficiency replacement system can often improve comfort levels and enhance the quality of air inside your Charleston home. Adding an air purifier can also help in eliminating particulate matter and pollutants from the air you and your family breathe every day.

The professional technicians at AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services can install and maintain air handlers, air purifier systems and other components that can improve the breathability and quality of the air inside your home. Call us today to learn more about our full lineup of repair and maintenance services. We look forward to the chance to serve you and your family.