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Indoor Air Pollutants

Common Indoor Air Pollutants – Causes, Effects, and Solutions

Common Indoor Air Pollutants

When you think of airborne pollutants, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe gas emissions or smoke? You’re right, but there are so many more, even lurking in your own home. Household air pollution can be significantly more dangerous than outdoor air pollution as it concentrates in one enclosed location. To learn how you can improve the quality of air in your home, you must first understand the causes and effects of these harmful indoor air pollutants.

Dust indoor air pollutants

You’ve probably never wondered what dust actually is, and once you read this, you might be glad you didn’t know. While it’s made up of things you could guess such as dirt and pollen, it also consists of mold, pet dander, skin particles, food debris, and even pieces of insects. Disgusting, right? Getting rid of dust on surfaces is relatively easy, but how do you get rid of dust from the air in your home? With the right air purification system such as the iWave air purifier. This air purifier can eliminate 99.9% of dust from the air and surfaces of your home.

Pet Dander

Pets have so many positive effects on our lives, however they also have the negative effect of sometimes leaving behind urine, saliva, feces, dead skin, and hair in our homes. Pet dander, whether we realize it or not, can have a significantly negative impact on our health. If you have allergy sufferers in your home, these effects can be much worse, escalating from itchy eyes and runny noses to severe asthma attacks. To avoid these negative impacts, regularly clean your home, wiping down countertops, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming floors, and dusting indoor vents. Also, invest in an air purification system to eliminate 99.9% of pet hair and dander from the air in your home.


While pollen is much more apparent in the spring, it’s here year round and it’s even in your home. Pollen is created by reproducing plants, and it’s sole purpose is to transfer to other plants through the air. During its travel, pollen attaches to our clothes, hair, skin, and the bottom of our shoes where it’s easily tracked inside our homes. Unfortunately, this causes an environment where most of us experience itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms are relatively mild in most people, but for allergy sufferers, they can be deadly. Air purification systems eliminate pollen from the air in your home, leaving you breathing easier all year long.


Fireplaces, cigarettes, and cooking are the leading causes of smoke in homes. Smoke can lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat when trapped in an enclosed space. When living with smoke for extended periods of time, it’s not uncommon to develop harmful respiratory conditions. Air purification systems eliminate 99.9% of smoke in your home to reduce long term negative health effects.

Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew are fungi that can develop in an indoor environment and can live on practically any surface. Mold and mildew cause allergic reactions in many cases, however they can also induce immune responses that cause sicknesses and disease, such as respiratory infections and cancers. While anyone can be affected by mold and mildew, allergy sufferers and those with asthma are hypersensitive to its effects. To reduce the growth of mold and mildew in your home, regularly check and clean damp areas with little airflow. If you come across a severe outbreak, don’t attempt to remove it yourself. Dermal contact or ingestion can cause severe reactions.

Since we regularly find issues with mold and mildew growth in Madison County because of our hot, humid climate, we provide many products and services designed for eliminating the risk of growth in your home. Air purification systems eliminate mold and mildew from the air in your home while regulating humidity to reduce future occurrences.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are household products that vaporize and become gases at room temperature. These household products include cleaners, cosmetics, and paints, common items that we use regularly. So, how do we avoid them when they can be so easily dispersed throughout your home? 

  • First, minimize your exposure by using these products only when necessary.
  • Second, provide ventilation when using these products to keep them from lingering inside your home.
  • Third, properly dispose of these products when done using.
  • Lastly, have an air purification system installed in your home to eliminate VOCs from your home’s air.


The flu, respiratory tract infections, the common cold, and COVID-19; these are only a few of the viruses that could be lurking through the air in your home. REME technology, such as the REME HALO® whole home air purification system has been proven to eliminate viruses, including COVID-19 by up to 99.9% from the air in your home. Garrison & Garrison also recommends the iWave air purifier, as well as the AccuClean system from American Standard. We can help you determine the best air purification for your home and family. 

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As an American Standard Customer Care Dealer, Garrison & Garrison cares about the comfort of your home and the health of your family. For more information on getting an air purification system for your home, give us a call at 256-859-8500. You can rest easy knowing your comfort system is in good hands with us. indoor air pollutants

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