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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution is ever present, so why isn’t it discussed more? Unlike outdoor pollution, which is evident and easy to spot—just think about the truck in front of you on the way to work—compromised indoor air quality is not something you can really notice. That is, unless you know where to look. That’s why we here at Ostrom Services are shedding light on the real culprits of indoor air pollution, and how to remove these sources from your home.

Start improving your indoor air quality by removing these products from your home:

Cleaning Supplies

As the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread, cleaning emerged as an all-new American pastime. Households across the nation began feverishly disinfecting everything in sight, from kitchen countertops to the doorknob on their front entrance. However, this increase in cleaning could be posing more harm than your disinfecting solutions are doing good.

Store-bought cleaning supplies are oftentimes jam-packed with chemicals and toxic solutions, particularly scented items. Most cleaning products on the market contain volatile organic compounds and subsequent carcinogens that can pose a serious threat to the health of both you and your family. These contaminants are known to increase respiratory distress, exacerbate allergy symptoms, and in cases of severe exposure, cause cancer.

So, how do these solutions remain on supermarket shelves across the world? Manufacturing companies that add scent to their solutions are not required to disclose the substances’ ingredients, as the fragrance industry remains a classified market space.

So, it’s best to remove these products from your home and replace them with all-natural, “chemical-free” cleaning agents. Your indoor air quality will improve as a result!

Aerosol Air Fresheners

Although aerosol air fresheners are handy in ridding your home of lingering odors, they distribute volatile organic compounds with every odor-reducing spritz. It’s time to switch out your current air freshener for essential oils, as these are naturally infused with your desired fragrance. Simply purchase your preferred scent, and an automatic diffuser, and you will have constant, uncompromising odor coverage in any room.

Scented Candles

Paraffin wax, the main ingredient in candle making, releases benzene and toluene when burned. These are highly toxic, carcinogenic, and are likened to the chemicals released by diesel fuel fumes.

If you are uncertain about whether your current candles are paraben-free, toss them out and purchase new ones! Your indoor air quality is at stake!

For more information on how to control indoor air quality, contact Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning at (540) 685-4040. We are here for you during these challenging times and have implemented the CDC recommended precautions to ensure we provide safe and healthy services for both our technicians and our clients.

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