When you think of air quality, you probably keep close tabs on the quality of the air outside your home. However, did you know the level of indoor pollutants are two to five times higher than outside levels? Below are three common threats to IAQ in your Boynton Beach, FL, home and how to resolve them.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that poses a threat in homes. Sources of carbon monoxide include tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, gas stoves and other heating sources. Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Also, schedule regular maintenance and repairs for your HVAC system.

Lead

Lead comes from lead-based paint, dishes and glasses. Before people discovered how dangerous lead was, it was also in gasoline, paint, water pipes and other products. People can track in lead from outside sources where it becomes trapped in carpets and circulated into the air. Keep your shoes by the front door and place doormats inside and outside of entryways to catch debris.

Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that’s both colorless and odorless, and it’s caused by the breakdown of uranium deep within the planet. Among non-smokers, it’s the number one leading cause of lung cancer.

There are radon detectors and radon test kits to ensure your home has no threat of radon. Homes with new construction techniques make the property resistant to radon and prevent the gas from coming in through leaks in the foundation.

You’ll feel better knowing you and your family are breathing clean air indoors, so take the next step. Contact Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc. today to ask about our IAQ systems and services, such as air purifiers and duct cleaning. We’ll make sure you’re breathing the cleanest air possible inside your house.

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