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3 Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Last updated 6 years ago

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air quality inside a home is usually much worse than outdoor air. In fact, indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than the outdoors. Microbial pollutants such as mold, pet dander, and plant pollen can combine with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to create a toxic environment in your home. Since we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, poor air quality can add up to allergies, asthma, or worse

There are a number of causes of poor indoor air quality, including:

  1. Furniture – Many traditional pieces of household furniture are made with finishers, sealers, and adhesives that contain chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde. When furniture outgases, it can release dangerous fumes into your home. In fact, these gases and fumes can make up to 60% of the air in a closed environment.
  2. Household Chemicals – Many household products release organic vapors that can affect the air quality inside your home and may result in adverse health effects, such as throat and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Products containing these vapors include paints, solvents, cleaners, deodorizers, and disinfectants.
  3. Poor Ventilation – One of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality is poor ventilation and inadequately maintained HVAC systems. Ventilation system filters that are not replaced or repaired on a regular basis by a professional HVAC contractor may become clogged, reducing airflow volume, quality, and distribution. HVAC contractors can also check your system for leakage or cracks.

Indoor air quality can be controlled, and the first step is to contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland. Poor indoor air ventilation is one of the primary causes of poor indoor air quality, so let one of our professional HVAC contractors or repair technicians take a look at your system. We have served the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 40 years. Let us show you why we’re Maryland’s choice for air conditioning repair, installation, and maintenance. To learn more, contact us online or dial (410) 698-6465.


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