Common Air Pollutants in Residential Homes

How can i improve my indoor air quality

How can I improve my indoor air quality?

Around the nation, and the world, everyone is talking about air quality. The cities we live in, particularly densely populated areas, and even smaller cities, are constantly looking into ‘green’ options to improve air quality. We all rely on the air, obviously, so it makes sense that we want to keep the air as clean as possible. However, many homeowners and renters alike often assume the air in their homes is clean, when it really isn’t. However, there are ways to help improve air quality in your home, with a little TLC. Today we have listed some tips on ways you can increase the cleanliness of the air in your home.

Cigarette Smoke

While this one may seem like a no-brainer to you, many people do not know, or choose to ignore, the dangers associated with tobacco smoke. Smoke from cigarettes and cigars is full of contaminants that can negatively affect the air quality in your home. Allowing this pollutant to build up in your home can wreak havoc on your respiratory health. Thankfully, many smokers choose to smoke outside, but it is essential that smokers walk 50-100 yards away from the residence to smoke, as smoke will cling to clothes as they walk back inside.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas that has extremely high levels of toxicity. Anything in your house that uses gas is a potential source of leaks, so it is essential that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.


Formaldehyde is a common air pollutant in residential homes, that is often made from ordinary household cleaning products. The buildup of this pollutant will not only negatively affect your home, but it can also cause formic acid to build up in your A/C unit and eat through your copper coils. Open your windows, with screens, occasionally to allow your air conditioner to filter clean, fresh air, so that you can avoid formaldehyde build-up.

Airborne Pollen and Dander

These allergens can be tracked into your home on your clothes, or from pets and guests. It is essential that you have high quality air filters in your home that you change regularly. The cleaner your filter, the better your indoor air quality will be!

If you need help ridding your home of these air pollutants, call the experts at H & H Heating & Air to ask about our air purifier installation in Plano, TX. To learn more about indoor air quality and our other services, please give us a call at (972) 989-7419 for our Plano & Frisco location or at (972) 404-6822 for our McKinney location.