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Clearing the Air in Your Home

Poor indoor air quality is a common problem that develops when pollutants accumulate in your home.

When you address your indoor air quality, you can expect fewer trips to the doctor and a better quality of life. The first step is calling John Moore for free Indoor Air Quality testing, which includes a consultation with a TACL licensed professional and a step-by-step IAQ inspection of your home. From there, we will recommend the best options to improve the air in your home.

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Why is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Important?

Home: it’s where you unwind after a long day of work, cook meals, clean, and relax with family and pets.

Home is also the space where you have the most control over the quality of air you breathe, which in turn affects your health and the health of your family.

We’ll start with the good news: you have control over your indoor air quality, which can be improved with good ventilation and air purification systems that trap and neutralize contaminants in your air.

The bad news: it’s entirely possible to be totally unaware of the contaminants accumulating in your air because many air contaminants aren’t visible. You’ll be able to spot some indoor air pollutants if you know what to look for, like the dust and dander that collect in your home’s ventilation system. Other indoor air contaminants such as viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and gasses can be more difficult to spot.

If you’re proactive about purifying your home’s air and ensuring you have good filtration systems and ventilation, you can protect your family from the health effects of poor indoor air quality.

Air Quality in Houston and the Greater Houston Area

Often, folks think about air quality as an outside issue, especially in the Houston area where air pollution is worse than many other regions in the country.

It’s true that the Houston area, including The Woodlands and Pasadena, is home to Houston’s “Dirty Dozen” air contaminants and experiences particularly high levels of ozone pollution and short-term particle pollution. But it’s also true that Houston air quality problems don’t politely stay outside your home if you don’t invite them in. But with the right ventilation and air purification systems in place, you can keep outdoor air pollution at bay.

Indoor Air Quality Contaminants

Though air pollution is often associated with outdoor air quality, the air inside your house can actually be worse than the air outside.

Invisible pollutants like radon can build up over time in indoor environments, some reaching much higher concentrations than in typical outdoor air. Aside from the dust and dander that you might expect to contaminate indoor air, many indoor air quality contaminants are actually generated indoors from combustion, carcinogens in cleaning supplies, insecticides, building materials, and natural sources. For example, burning certain candles, cooking certain foods, and using certain surface cleaners can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants into the air of your home.

Common Indoor Air Pollutants of Concern:

  • Dust, bacteria, hair, and dander from pets and household members
  • Carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other combustion byproducts
  • Radon and mold Pesticides, lead, asbestos, and ozone
  • Volatile Organic Compounds from household products

Now, before diving into the health effects of poor air quality, it’s important to remember that you do not need to change anything that makes a home worth being in—including the food you cook or the pets you care for—in order to address the problem of poor indoor air quality. You can take control of your indoor air by knowing the signs of common pollutants and preventing them from accumulating. With air purifiers, strong filtration systems, and good ventilation throughout your home, you can continue doing the things you enjoy without pollutants and allergens getting in the way.

How Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Health

You may not be able to see deteriorating air quality at home, but if you have poor indoor air quality you often can feel it. The health effects of poor indoor air quality range from the annoying to the long-term, depending on the types of contaminants that concentrate in your home.

On the annoying side, you have dust and dander, which can cause symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes, leaving you less comfortable than you ought to be at home. On the more serious side, poor indoor air quality can cause all sorts of ailments such as headaches, respiratory disease, heart disease, and even cancers. On top of causing symptoms like fatigue and runny noses that make you feel like you have a cold, indoor air quality problems can actually cause you to get sick more often, since viruses can enter your home, land on high-touch surfaces, and move around via your HVAC system. Improving your indoor air quality can drastically affect how your family feels during flu and allergy season, kill viruses and germs, reduce the risk of transmission of airborne viruses like Coronavirus, and make it easier for anyone—especially those with asthma and allergies—to breathe comfortably in your home.
Common Indoor Air Contaminants Possible Health Impact and Symptoms

Biological Pollutants:

  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Viruses
  • Animal
  • Dander
  • Cat Saliva
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Pollen

Health Impact:

  • Cold and flu symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, or fever
  • Aggravated allergy symptoms including itchy, watery eyes and shortness of breath
  • Fatigue, dizziness, headaches, or digestive problems
  • Asthmatic responses triggered by rodents, roaches, or mold

Combustion byproducts:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) from any fuel-burning appliance indoors that accumulates without good ventilation
  • Particulate matter
  • Secondhand smoke

Health Impact:

  • CO poisoning symptoms: fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, chest pain, flu-like symptoms, loss of consciousness
  • Lung damage

Pollutants from outdoors:

Health Impact:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Throat irritation
  • Chest pain
  • Damage to lungs
  • Worsening of chronic respiratory diseases like asthma

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from chemicals in household products that become gasses at room temperature, found in paints, cleaning products, cosmetics, and other common household items/li>

Health Impact:

  • Can cause lung cancer
  • Nose and throat discomfort
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Eye irritation
  • Can cause cancer and Leukemia

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