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Few people know that the quality of air inside your home, might actually be worse than the outside air. All this talk about greenhouse gasses, the ozone layer, and other pollutants fill the media, but the biggest scare is the unknown pollutants in your home.

If you suffer from asthma, allergies, or have any other respiratory or breathing issues, you might want to consider checking your indoor air quality before you rule out anything else.

Making sure your air ducts are clean is the first step to mitigating indoor air pollution as well as knowing what else in your home could be contributing.

These are some of the most common causes of air pollution in your home.

Carpet fumes

While you might think you’re simply upgrading your home, you’d be surprised by how harmful installing new carpet and other upgrades to the home can be.

For carpets, the glue and vinyl backing can release harmful gasses and toxins for up to 5 years. The most off-gassing occurs within the first few months, which is why the EPA strongly urges homeowners to irate heavily for at least 3 days after carpet is installed.

More people are familiar with the fact that paint also has noxious fumes, which could also be causing air pollution indoors.

Toxins from nonstick pots and pans

Nonstick cookware might be the thing of the century but can actually be causing more harm than good. One of the chemical ingredients that makes these pans nonstick, can release toxic fumes when heated over 500 degrees. In fact, this ‘Teflon flu’ phenomenon has even been known to kill pet birds.


Oh, dust. You might not be able to get rid of it, but you can manage it. Dust is one of the biggest indoor pollutants, but also one of the easiest to take care of. Since people with allergies and other respiratory issues are highly sensitive to dust, be sure to ‘dust’ your home as often as possible.

Household cleaning chemicals

There’s a reason there’s such a push for cleaning products to be chemical-free and more all natural. Many household cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds, which can trigger headaches, dizziness, nausea, and other problems.

Biological pollutants

Biological pollutants are often lurking where you least expect them. These include mold, bacteria, viruses, pollen, and dust mites that could trigger some serious diseases, especially in small children.

The best way to protect your home from these pollutants is by cleaning regularly and thoroughly.

Tips for preventing air pollution indoors

Speaking of cleaning, while you may be able to get the job done: the floors, vacuuming the carpet, wiping the counters, there are some things that you should leave to the professionals, for a real, deep, clean.

If you truly want to clean up the air in your home and prevent indoor pollution, have your air ducts professionally cleaned on regularly. The air ducts are where air passes through the home, and thus how pollutants travel throughout the home. You should regularly replace your air vents as well as have a professional cleaning service give them a thorough clean.

Start breathing clean air

Unique Air Duct Cleaning wants to help keep the air in your home and business fresh, clean and healthy so that you don’t have to worry about hidden air impurities invading your air. We have been providing high quality air duct cleaning services to Michigan residents for over 25 years!

Our Viper Air Whip Cleaning System is the most advanced air cleaning system available. We are home and business cleaning specialists offering a wide range of services including dryer vent cleaning services. Call us to learn more and ask about our Special Offers!