7 Source of Unhealthy Air in Your Home

Air quality is a big factor in the health of your home. Air contaminants from a number of sources could be harming you and your family. Enhabit always recommends professional assessment to find the cause and recommend a path toward a healthier indoor environment.

1. Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous byproduct of combustion. Typical sources in the home are combustion appliances and equipment, tobacco smoke, and automobile exhaust.

2. Radon

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is produced by the radioactive decay of radium, which is present in the soil around many houses in the Pacific Northwest.

3. VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from products like paints, solvents, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, glues, and adhesives. High carbon dioxide (CO2) levels caused by human respiration and inadequate ventilation can have negative health effects.

4. Smoke

Cooking smoke can contribute harmful particulates.

5. Asbestos

Asbestos has been shown to cause cancer and can be found in many common building materials produced before 1975, including floor tiles, ceiling tiles, duct tape, and insulation materials. Pet dander comes from the skin cells that animals shed naturally, and is a common allergen for humans.

6. Mold and Bacteria

Mold, bacteria, and pollen are biological substances that can aggravate allergies and cause disease.

7. Dust Mites

Dust mites can trigger allergies.