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We spend a lot of time thinking about how Houston, Texas, outdoor allergens make us sick. But not everything causing your allergies is found outdoors. In fact, many of your allergies may stem from poor indoor air quality (IAQ.) The culprits of bad IAQ are invisible, so it takes research and preventative measures to be sure your home’s air is as clean as it can be.

VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds, known as VOCs, are chemical compounds found in many home products. They contain toxic molecules that easily become gaseous, like formaldehyde, which is why they’re so bad for IAQ. You can find VOCs in cleaning products, paint, and even shower curtains. VOCs can worsen asthma symptoms and cause flu-like symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals.

Pests

Did you know many people are allergic to cockroaches? When pests die in our homes in places we don’t know about, their carapaces disintegrate into particles small enough to infiltrate the air. Some of your indoor allergies may not have to do with pollen from outside getting in, but from pests inside.

Mold

Mold is a complicated issue because many types exist that can get into our homes, some of which are more toxic than others. The toxic molds are the ones that cause the most health problems. They love areas of high humidity, especially if there’s a leak or a wet spot somewhere. The spores then release into the air and cause an array of respiratory problems.

How can you rectify these problems? Some solutions you can do yourself involve using organic cleaners and doing a thorough deep clean of your home frequently. Other solutions we’re happy to help you with. As a Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer, Davis AC has access to the best IAQ products, including dehumidifiers and air purifiers. Even performing simple HVAC maintenance, like duct cleaning, will help with your IAQ. You can reach us by phone at 888-710-5530, so don’t hesitate to call.

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