Indoor Air Quality Myths

3 Indoor Air Quality Myths

August 27, 2017

There’s lots of information out there about indoor air quality, also called IAQ, for your Ocala, Florida, home. It can be hard to separate the facts from the myths. Learning about these myths will keep you from making mistakes that could cause health issues such as asthma, allergies, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Some of the most common indoor air quality myths say that air fresheners are good, dead mold isn’t harmful, and ozone increases IAQ.

Air Fresheners Are All You Need

Air fresheners can make your indoor air quality worse instead of better, and they only mask bad smells temporarily. Many commercial air fresheners contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs such as benzene and formaldehyde. These chemicals off-gas or evaporate at room temperature to spread scents easily, but they can cause serious health problems, including neurological damage and cancer. Use an air purifier and clean your home often to get rid of the causes of bad smells instead. Natural air fresheners such as potpourri or essential oils will add a pleasant smell to your home without harming your health. 

Dead Mold Isn’t Harmful

Mold reproduces by spreading spores through the air, so it’s very difficult to get rid of it completely. It becomes dormant when conditions aren’t ideal, and then it starts growing again when there’s enough moisture in your home. Spores can spread mold to insulation, ductwork, furniture, carpeting, and lots of other locations. Even dead or dormant mold can cause bad smells and health problems, so you should contact a specialist to help you remove it.

Ozone Increases IAQ

Some air purifiers use ozone to attract and remove particles from the air in your home, but they add other contaminants. Ozone is a major part of smog, and it can harm your lungs. Use an air purifier with one or more air filters instead.

Sun Kool Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer with more than 25 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC and indoor air quality equipment. Call us anytime at 877-962-2120 for more information and excellent service.

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