You may not realize it, but the air you breathe inside your Chino, California, home can have a significant impact on your health. In fact, the air quality in the average home can be worse than the outdoor air. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a number of serious health complications. Here are three common sources of indoor air quality threats you need to know.

Volatile Organic Compounds

You cannot see volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Many, however, give off distinct odors. VOCs are a broad group of gases and vapors that come from certain products. Common sources of VOCs include paint, carpet, furniture, air fresheners, and heating fuel. While it’s difficult to eliminate these gases entirely, it’s a good idea to avoid products that contain these troublesome pollutants. It helps to ensure your home has adequate ventilation.

Dirty Air Filters

The air filter in your HVAC system serves an essential role. It removes a variety of potentially harmful pollutants as air passes through the system. If you do not replace your filter regularly, it cannot continue its job of removing airborne particles. To keep the air in your home as clean as possible, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you change your air filter at least once every three months.

Dirty Ductwork

It’s no secret that preventive maintenance is essential to keeping your HVAC system running at its best. However, that’s only part of the equation. It’s also important to ensure that your ductwork remains clean and unobstructed. Dirty ductwork can cause dirt, dust, and other particulates to re-enter your home and compromise its air quality. Dirty ducts can also impair system efficiency and affect airflow. As a result, your unit will work harder than necessary and use more energy.

Poor indoor air quality is a serious hazard, but it’s one you and your family can easily avoid. To find out more about protecting your air quality, call Metz Air Control at 909-614-4125.

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