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6 Ways You Might Be Contributing to Poor Air Quality in Your Home

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If you notice excessive amounts of dust; persistent odors; physical symptoms such as headaches, congestion, or throat irritation; or any other signs of poor air quality, it is time to make a change. Many homeowners don’t realize that indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor quality for a number of reasons. To resolve your air quality issues, you first need to identify the causes. In this article, we discuss some of the ways homeowners accidentally contribute to poor indoor air quality so that you can better understand and take care of your problem. Continue reading to learn more.

A Lack of Ventilation

Without proper air ventilation, air pollutants become trapped in your home where you are forced to breathe them in all day long. To help certain pollutants escape, you need to bring fresh air inside by opening your doors or windows for a few minutes each day.

Using Chemical Cleaners

Many household cleaners contain a ton of harmful chemicals that contribute to poor air quality. We recommend using eco-friendly cleaners to reduce the number of chemicals you introduce to your home.


It is no secret that tobacco smoke is incredibly dangerous and harmful. Not only should you avoid indoor smoking at all costs but you should also make sure you are far away from any doors or windows while smoking outside. This reduces the risk of smoke making its way into your home.

Dirty Carpets

Carpets and rugs are known to trap air pollutants such as dirt, dander, and dust. If rugs and carpets are not vacuumed regularly using a HEPA filter, they can contribute to poor air quality.

Unrepaired Water Damage

Unrepaired roof or plumbing leaks can contribute to poor air quality.

Signs of water damage in your home include:

  • Water spots or yellow stains on ceilings
  • Warped floorboards
  • Peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper
  • Musty odors
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • High water bills
  • Unexplained puddles of water
  • The sound of water running when no appliances are in use

Water damage can cause mold and mildew to grow in your home, which can have a significant impact on your health and indoor air quality. As soon as you discover signs of a leak, you should have it repaired to protect your home and family. The longer these issues go unresolved, the more severe of an impact they can have on your indoor air quality.

Unwashed Bedding

Dust, dirt, dander, and other air contaminants build up in your bedding over time, which is why it is incredibly important to wash it often. We recommend washing your bedding at least once a week to reduce the presence of pollutants.

Call A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical Today!

Are you suffering from poor indoor air quality? A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical is here to provide the assistance you need at a time like this. Our skilled indoor air quality professionals are here to protect your home and family by providing you with a variety of indoor air quality solutions.

Our indoor air quality services include:

You don’t have to suffer from poor indoor air quality. Reach out to A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical today to learn how we can help you breathe fresher, cleaner air.

Give us a call at (503) 694-3396 to schedule an indoor air quality service. We look forward to serving you!