Indoor air pollution ranks among the leading health hazards in the country. One source of bad indoor air is a category of contaminants called combustion pollutants. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Combustion Pollutants?
Combustion pollutants are gases that are emitted when you burn something. Most people associate these pollutants with fireplaces, wood stoves, or kerosene heaters. However, they can also stem from ovens, dryers, water heaters, and other appliances. A cracked heat exchanger can also be a culprit as well as outdoor air and tobacco smoke.
The most common pollutants are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. These gases don’t just threaten your indoor air quality. Exposure causes headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and respiratory problems. It can also cause nose, eye, and throat irritation. Long-term or high-level exposure can be fatal.
How Can I Prevent Exposure to Combustion Pollutants?
The best way to prevent exposure to combustion pollutants is to make sure your home has adequate ventilation. In good weather, this might mean opening your windows. On cold days or days when the outdoor pollution level is high, ensuring adequate ventilation might include installing a portable or whole-house ventilator. Here are a few other things you can do to reduce your exposure:
- Make sure all appliances are correctly installed and vented to the outside.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
- Have regular check-ups of your furnace and HVAC equipment.
- Eliminate indoor smoking.
- Get an annual chimney inspection.
The air your family members breathe doesn’t just affect their comfort; it can also harm their health. To learn more about how good air quality improves your Georgetown home, check out the indoor air quality solutions we offer at Coastline Heating & Air. Or you can call and talk with one of our comfort advisors.