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What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

February 7, 2022 | Blog

Have you ever woken up feeling congested with a headache? Are you experiencing allergy symptoms, especially while in your home? Well, you could be dealing with poor indoor air quality.

Indoor air pollution has many causes, and we’re here to help you figure out what’s going on. At My Guy Heating and Air, we are experts in air quality and we’re dedicated to your health and safety.

Check out our list below for common sources of indoor air pollution and how to improve the quality of the air in your Escondido home.

What Are Some Sources Of Indoor Air Pollution?

Did you know that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air? It’s true! Maintaining the air quality in your home can be a tricky job, but when you’re aware of the common indoor air pollutants, you can start to take steps to fight them.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew growth is a nuisance to your indoor air quality. Mold and mildew spores spread quickly when excess moisture is present and cause serious health problems when left untreated.

Clean mold spots when you find them with a mixture of one part bleach and three parts water. You can also make sure to mitigate extra moisture by cracking windows when you cook or do laundry.


VOCs or volatile organic compounds are gases that are emitted from the use of household products like paints, aerosol sprays, air fresheners, cleaners and pesticides. VOCs can linger in your air and cause health problems as mild as irritation or as severe as damage to the central nervous system.

You can reduce VOC exposure by opening your windows to let in fresh air when you are working with products that release VOCs.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is comprised of small particles of skin and saliva produced by animals in the home. Because pet dander is so small, it can be easy to miss. The issue with dander is that it stays in your air for long periods of time and degrades your indoor air quality.

Breathing pet allergens can cause major issues, especially if someone in your home suffers from allergies. To combat pet dander, make sure you are vacuuming, cleaning your air filters regularly and consistently grooming your pet.

Tobacco Smoke

Smoking indoors is one of the worst things you can do for your indoor air quality.  Environmental tobacco smoke, or ETS, is exposure to tobacco smoke in the home and causes serious health issues.

Smoke residue can stick to your walls and ceilings and stay in your air for long periods of time. If you’re a smoker, make sure you’re smoking outside to avoid this danger to your health and safety!

What Can I Do To Manage Indoor Air Quality?

Now more than ever, we are spending more time in our homes, so it’s important that we can trust the air we’re breathing. You can take some easy everyday measures to improve your indoor air quality such as:

  • Investing in IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Products
  • Opening windows to let in fresh air
  • Investing in air purifying houseplants
  • Cleaning with non-toxic chemicals
  • Using oven vents while cooking
  • Checking air filters often

The best way to combat poor indoor air quality is with a filtration system. An air purifier or filtration system can be perfect for eliminating troublesome allergens and pollutants from your air.

Call My Guy For Help Managing Your Indoor Air Quality!

Whether you need an air quality test or help installing an air purifying filtration system, we’ve got your back! My Guy Heating and Air has proudly served the Escondido area for years and our licensed professionals are prepared for all your indoor air quality needs.

Call us today to schedule!

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