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The 4 Most Common Types of Indoor Air Pollutants

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The environmental protection agency states that the most common air pollution is inside your home! Excessive Moisture, volatile organic compounds, combustion products, carbon monoxide, and radon are the top four most common indoor air pollutants you can find in your Alton, IL home. To ensure the safety of your health and family it’s important to understand how they develop.

Excess Moisture

excess moisture alton il One of the most harmful air pollutants is one that gets overlooked the most, moisture. It can affect not only your health but the health of your home. The buildup of moisture causes mildew and dust mites to thrive. High levels of moisture from basement leaks, rain, kitchen activities, and baths can trigger things like asthma and other allergic reactions. You can regulate the moisture in your home’s air by installing a home dehumidifier by brands like Lennox.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are gases that have evaporated from a liquid or solid. These include things like paints, aerosol sprays, disinfectants, and pesticides. Prolonged exposure to VOCs causes nausea and eye and nose irritation which could lead to headaches, kidney, and liver damage. To prevent exposure, wear proper safety gear and good ventilation when using products like this.

Carbon Monoxide

carbon monoxide alton il Carbon Monoxide (Co) is an odorless gas, that comes from the combustion of fuels. It causes the levels of oxygen in the body to decrease, which will trigger dizziness, headaches, and a fast heart rate.  Increased rates of Carbon Monoxide in the body can be fatal.  To prevent CO leaks, ensure appliances are properly vented outside of the home and installed correctly. A Carbon Monoxide detector can alert you to a gas leak in your home.


Radon is a colorless and odorless gas. It is also the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the U.S. Radon naturally develops in soil and will enter the house through the ground. Preventing it from entering your home is simple, most homes have a PVC pipe system with a small fan that will carry the gas from under the house outside. Protect your home and family from indoor air pollution. When you trust B&W Heating and Cooling, you can count on quality services that keep your home comfortable and healthy. Our HVAC professionals install, repair, and maintain all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment to ensure optimal performance.