The air in your Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home may seem clean, but the dangers that can lurk there are impossible to see with the naked eye. It’s important to understand some of the airborne hazards that you may find in your home so you can address these properly. Take a smart approach to your Indoor air quality now for healthy breathing long into the future.

Particulate Pollution

Particulate pollution is a combination of airborne liquids and microscopic particles you may inhale. It may include soot, dust, smoke, and other particulate matter. Items with a diameter smaller than 10 micrometers are especially dangerous, as they can penetrate deep into the lungs. Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems including an irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, and decreased lung function. This pollution is most pronounced outside the home. Minimize exposure by avoiding areas with high traffic and notable pollution levels.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can come from paints, cleansers, aerosol sprays, adhesives, and other items that may lurk in your household. From pressed particle board furniture to carpets and upholsteries, you’ll find an abundance of items in the home can off-gas VOCs. Keep VOCs out of the home as much as possible. Minimize exposure from those that are in the house with proper ventilation. Installing a ventilator can help you remove stale indoor air from the house and pull clean air in.

Dust

You’re probably aware that there’s some dust in the home, but you may not know about the health hazards it can pose. Dermatitis, asthma, and allergies are all exacerbated by dust in the air. If dust is accumulating in your home, make sure your HVAC filter is clean and your HVAC system is up-to-date with maintenance. Installing an air cleaner may also help limit dust in the home.

If you’re concerned about indoor air quality in your home, contact River City’s One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating at 225-245-9403. We can help you find the best solution for cleaner air in your home.

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