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Allergens that Affect Indoor Air Quality in Homes

As homeowners, mold is not the only air quality issue that we need to worry about. Many other allergens can affect our health and the ability to breathe well. If you’re constantly coughing, have watery eyes, and/or post-nasal drip, an allergen is probably the cause.

Allergens that Affect Indoor Air Quality in Homes:

Pet Dander

Your dog, cat, even a pet rodent can produce dander. Proteins shed from the animal’s skin stick to its fur. When this microscopic material dies, it floats into the air and enters the mucous membranes of the nose and lungs, causing an allergic reaction.

Dust Mites

These tiny creatures feed on flakes of human or animal skin. They can live on mattresses, carpets, curtains, furniture — any upholstered surface. Their feces contain digestive enzymes that often cause allergies and even asthma.

Pollen

This powdery substance, produced in large quantities by trees or weeds and grasses, is often unknowingly brought into our homes on our clothing and hair. The lightweight material is easily inhaled and irritates nasal passages.

Formaldehyde

An organic compound, formaldehyde is one of the more common indoor allergens. It’s used in household products such as air fresheners, glue, toilet cleaners, and paint for a few examples. This chemical can cause watery eyes, headaches, and breathing difficulties.

These are just a few allergens that can compromise your indoor air quality. Contact us for more information about indoor allergens and air quality screenings to ensure that your home is a healthier place to breathe for yourself and your family.

Inside of an HVAC duct in New York home

Inside of an HVAC duct in New York home

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