Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Indoor Air Pollutants

At Benchmark Environmental Engineering serving San Jose, Los Angeles, and all of California, we’re here to help you identify many of the common indoor air pollutants you could be at risk of exposure to. The air you breathe every day is filled with tiny particles and contaminants that are invisible to the human eye.

Some of these particles are entirely harmless. Others are more irritating to sensitive individuals and can even be toxic if inhaled at a high or consistent level. We’re here to show you the difference.

Is It Another Cold Or Is It Your Air?

The air you breathe on a daily basis could be causing your allergies, asthma, or other health issues. Some of the most common household pollutants include:

  • Bacteria & Viruses
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Mold & Mildew
  • Dander, Dust, & Pollen
  • VOC’s (found in common household products such as paints and solvents)

Biological Particles Fill The Air

Biological pollutants are living or produced by living things. These could include pollens, viruses, bacteria, mold, dust mites, and dander. Organic contaminants breed and thrive in damp or wet areas such as humidifiers, unvented bathrooms, draperies, or anywhere dust collects.

Pets are a significant source of these pollutants. Man’s best friend produces dander, and these furry pals can also bring in soil, fleas, and mites from playing outdoors in the dirt or grass.

You Don’t See It, But It’s There

Many environmental hazards can be present in the air we breathe in our homes. Radon is a radioactive gas that has no taste or smell. It is a naturally occurring pollutant that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil. It will creep into your home through cracks or holes in the foundation and is usually found in basements or lower levels of buildings.

You can also be exposed to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that come from many household cleaners and products such as paints and solvents.  Other environmental contaminants would include lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide, and cigarette or tobacco smoke.

Breathe Easier At Home Or At Work

Contact Benchmark Environmental Engineering to find out about the common indoor air pollutants that could be present in your home or workplace in California. Air quality testing is the best way to ensure the air you breathe every day is free of potential hazards and toxins. Schedule an appointment with us today.