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All About Indoor Air Pollution

With winter in full swing, the option of opening windows wide to bring in fresh air is not an option, especially during a chilly Chicago winter. Since most of our time is spent indoors, the quality of the air we breathe while we’re inside is an important thing to think about on a regular basis.

What is Indoor Air Pollution?

Regardless of how often you clean your house, vacuum, or dust – pollutants will find their way inside and stay there. Thanks to different chemicals, appliances, pets, outdoor exposure, and other everyday factors pollutants are constantly in our indoor air. These pollutants may not be visible to you, and you may not be able to tell that they are there, but the quality of the air you breathe may not be as clean as you’d think.

The worse your indoor air quality, the higher risk it poses to your household. If exposed to air pollutants for a short period of time, symptoms can include increased allergies, headaches, cold-like symptoms, eye, nose, and throat irritations, etc. Hazardous pollutants like mold, chemical fumes, and fuel combustion can lead to major health problems like respiratory diseases and heart problems, just to name a few.

How to Get Rid of Indoor Air Pollution

  1. dirty furnace filter Change your furnace filter. The purpose of a furnace filter is to trap all the dust, debris, hair, and other nasty pollutants so they don’t fly back into your home through the air ducts. If you don’t change your filter regularly, it will stop catching the bad stuff, and start allowing it to float around your home and back into your lungs.
  2. Invest in an air purifier. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, an air purifier may be a great option. This simple appliance will help battle against mold, pet dander, and dust mites. The air purifier will rid your indoor air of microscopic particles that the naked eye cannot see.
  3. Have your home air quality inspected. An HVAC professional can come in and audit your home to ensure that the proper amount of air exchanges are happening within your home each hour. They will also assess your overall HVAC system and make recommendations based on their findings.
  4. Remove the toxins from your home. Things like paint, spray paint, cleaners, pesticides, etc. should all be stored in a garage or shed – not inside your home. professional carpet cleaner in action
  5. Clean your carpets thoroughly.  Even if you go barefoot constantly, your carpets are dirty, trust us. Dirt, bacteria, dirt, and other pollutants are living in your rug right now. A good cleaning will get that gunk right out! McMahon Services offers professional carpet cleaning services that can help with this step.
  6. Check for potential hazards. Check your home for mold on a regular basis. Mold is sneaky, and can grow on just about anything that is readily available. Some molds cause no problems, while others can be pretty toxic. Regardless, any mold issues need to be dealt with immediately as they pose a large problem to respiratory health. Our mold remediation experts are ready to assist with a plan customized to your needs – call us today.

Let McMahon Services Do The Work For You

At McMahon Services, we specialize in carpet cleaning, heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems. Not to mention we can take care of any mold issues as well. We’ll assist with improving the indoor air quality by removing contaminants and providing clean, fresh air for the entire household.

Call us today for more information and a free estimate. We service all of Chicago, Evanston, Grayslake, Oak Park, Wheaton, Waukegan, and other surrounding Illinois areas.

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