Common Indoor Air Quality Irritants to Consider


Common Indoor Air Quality Irritants to Consider

The quality of our indoor air has gained more attention during and after the initial COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

While most of us started paying more attention to it, indoor air quality is extremely important for the health and comfort of our families. 

As we learn more about airborne dangers, we’re starting to have a fuller understanding of how allergens, pathogens and irritants can leave us vulnerable to respiratory issues and other health concerns. 

 We’ll discuss some of the common airborne irritants that can cause problems in your home. 



Pollen is everywhere (except in Winter). Not only is it a common outdoor airborne allergen, but it causes problems inside as well. During allergy season it can be really hard to avoid. 

If the weather is nice and you want to leave windows open for a nice breeze, chances are pollen can negatively affect those with allergies by causing:

  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing 
  • and more



Mold can cause a myriad of issues and is one of the more concerning air irritants that can occur within the home. Though there are many different types of mold, each with their own severity, black mold, or stachybotrys, is one of the most insidious types. If left unattended, black mold can cause flu-like symptoms including:

  • coughing
  • postnasal drip
  • sneezing
  • dry skin
  • congestion
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath


Dust mites are microscopic arachnids that live in soil, plants, wood, and other materials, often thriving in damp or humid conditions. While they do not bite or spread disease, dust mite allergies are relatively common and chances are you’ll experience allergy symptoms year round if you do happen to be allergic. Here are the most common places in the home that dust mites occupy:

  • bedding
  • carpet/rugs
  • furniture
  • mattresses
  • curtains


A recent study from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder concluded that everyday items such as aerosols, paint, pesticides, etc. are far more toxic to indoor air quality than one might expect. The study estimated that aerosols have caused around 10 times more premature deaths than previously thought. 

Part of the reason indoor air quality is being scrutinized now is because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between lockdowns and quarantines, more people have spent more time indoors than they usually would. The average American spends around 87% of their time indoors, making indoor air quality even more important.


If you think you need some help with any of these indoor irritants, let us know. 

To start protecting yourself and those around you from harmful airborne pathogens, call us at 914-123-4567.

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