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Household Cleaners and Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is one of the top five concerns for the EPA. Many homeowners take great measures to maintain the quality of the air they breathe through proper A/C maintenance and air filtration but are you aware that household cleaners could be working against your efforts?

The organic compounds released by the chemicals used in cleaners are air pollutants. You are exposed to them when cleaning with them, and to some extent, even when they are stored. EPA studies found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside homes.

The consequences of exposure to these chemicals varies greatly according to the type of chemical, the extent of exposure, the length of time exposed, etc. Throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and memory impairment are some of the most common symptoms experienced after exposure.To avoid negative health effects, use cleaners according to the instructions on the label; ventilate the area where you use them well; and do not keep unused portions(gases can leak from closed containers). Be sure to take partially filled containers to your local recycling center; they do not belong in your household trash bin. It is best to purchase only what you think you may use. If you have questions regarding Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in your home.

Contact the experts at Anytime. Anytime Heating & Cooling serves metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Anytime HVAC service technicians are skilled in A/C repair and service; heating and cooling system maintenance; and the installation of new air conditioning units. The experts at Anytime Heating & Cooling are ready to help you anytime–offering 24/7 emergency service, scheduled appointments, and free estimates for new A/C systems. Call today (770) 504-5881 or visit us on the web at 


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