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Good indoor air quality (IAQ) is vital for keeping your home in Rural Hall, NC, clean and healthy. Poor IAQ has adverse effects on your health, such as insomnia, allergies, asthma and sinusitis. The following habits can cause poor indoor air quality, so it’s wise to be aware and avoid them as best you can.

1. Failing to Prioritize HVAC Maintenance

Failure to maintain your HVAC system monthly or annually will gradually lead to poor air quality. During a maintenance check, an HVAC technician changes or cleans the air filters to prevent dirt and other particles from moving through the ductwork. While you may assume this is just to improve efficiency, it’s just as important for your IAQ.

2. Painting With Chemical Paints

It’s nice to give your home a new coast of paint. However, the paint you are using to revamp your home could contain Volatile Organic Compounds that hurt your indoor air quality, causing irritated throat and eyes, nausea, and headaches. Also, using paint strippers, pesticides, aerosol sprays and waxes can damage IAQ. Look for paint that is VOC-free.

3. Burning Candles

Burning a scented candle in your home helps you relax, but it’s a habit that could greatly affect your air quality. Scented candles have Volatile Organic Compounds that spread into the air and can harm your respiratory system. You can try avoiding this habit to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

4. Indoor Smoking

People smoke indoors because they want to avoid the cold or rainy outdoors, but the habit damages indoor air quality. The smoke harms the other residents through second-hand smoke. Also, smoke in the air settles on furniture, wallpaper and carpets and lowers air quality over time.

Want to keep your family and friends healthy and your home free of pollutants by improving air quality? You can start enjoying fresher, cleaner indoor air if you say goodbye to these bad habits today. Call Air Treatment, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information about HVAC inspections and our products that help to improve indoor air quality.

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