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Most Common Indoor Allergens & How to Avoid Them


Did you know that the indoor air quality (IAQ) in most homes in the US is often 4-5 times worse than the air outside? Poor indoor air quality is an issue that plagues many households. Many people often wonder what exactly is in their homes that causes such a decrease in their air quality. 

From dust mites to pet dander, mold spores and cleaning products, you’d be surprised at what could be lurking in your home’s air. Let’s go over the 10 most common indoor allergens and pollutants that contribute to poor IAQ. We will also cover how to prevent these pollutants from wreaking havoc on your indoor air quality in Bethel Park with whole house solutions.

So what exactly is in your home’s air? Here are ten common pollutants.

  1. Dust mites: These microscopic creatures thrive in bedding, upholstery, and carpets. Their feces contain proteins that can trigger allergic reactions.
  2. Pollen: Pollen from trees, grasses, plants, and weeds enter homes through open doors and windows, causing allergy symptoms.
  3. Mold: Mold spores can grow in damp areas such as windows, bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. The inhalation of mold spores is bad for anyone who breathes them in.
  4. Pet and human dander: Allergic reactions to pet dander from cats, dogs, and other furry pets are common among individuals with pet allergies.
  5. Cockroach and rodent allergens: Cockroach and rodent feces, saliva, and their decomposing bodies can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  6. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): VOCs are emitted from household products such as paints, varnishes, and air fresheners. Long-term exposure to VOCs can cause health problems.
  7. Tobacco smoke: Secondhand smoke contains numerous harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory issues, trigger allergies, and increase the risk of lung cancer and heart disease.
  8. Chemical pollutants: Formaldehyde, benzene, and other chemicals found in household products, furniture, and building materials can contribute to indoor air pollution and health issues with prolonged exposure.
  9. Particulate matter: Fine particles from cooking, candles, smoking, outdoor pollution, and even ash from wildfires can accumulate indoors.
  10. Household cleaning products: Chemicals in everyday cleaning products can release fumes that irritate the respiratory system.

Whole House Solutions for Poor Indoor Air Quality

You could try and make do with portable air cleaners but they have their limitations and you would need several units to tackle all of your home’s square footage. That’s why we recommend whole house indoor air quality products that we install alongside your HVAC system

  • Air Cleaners: Electronic air cleaners and electronic air purifiers trap airborne pollutants such as dirt and dust. This can help to alleviate aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms. 
  • Air Purifiers: Certain pollutants may be too small for certain air cleaners, while others may be gaseous. Air purifiers tackle these small pollutants.
  • UV Germicidal Lights: These kill biological pollutants, including viruses, mold spores, and bacteria, and are an incredibly effective way to resolve problems with organic pollutants in your home.

If you want to boost your home’s indoor air quality but aren’t sure which system is right for you, contact us today to learn more about your options.

Call the friendly staff at Boehmer Heating & Cooling for exceptional customer service! Schedule indoor air quality services in Bethel Park, PA with our team today.

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