Many people don’t think about the pollutants that can be present indoors. Indoor air pollutants can come from various sources, such as cleaning products, pesticides, and building materials. Read on to learn more about the sneaky contaminants that may be present in your Locust Grove, VA home.
Formaldehyde is a colorless gas and type of particulate matter that’s in building materials and products such as particleboard, plywood, glues, paints, and textiles. Burning fuels such as natural gas, kerosene, and wood can also release formaldehyde. It can cause watery eyes, a burning sensation in the eyes and throat, and difficulty breathing.
Radon, a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, is naturally found in the earth. It sneaks in through cracks in the foundation or flooring and accumulates to high levels. It’s also the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.
3. Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is produced when you burn gasoline, wood, coal, propane, and natural fuels. Like radon, it’s also a colorless, scent-free gas. Carbon monoxide is known to cause headaches, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
What is asbestos? It’s a sneaky fiber used in construction materials such as insulation, roofing, and ceilings, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Asbestos can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer), and asbestosis (a serious lung disease).
Lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause a variety of health problems, including brain damage and seizures. It can also contaminate food and water and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and young children. Lead is often found in paint, so it’s important to check for lead-based paint before renovating your home.
If you want to improve the indoor air quality in your home, contact our team at Ultimate Air, Inc. today. We can install various products to help you create a healthy and comfortable home environment for your family.
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