The air quality inside your home is so important, but it is something that many homeowners unfortunately overlook. While most people know that air pollution can be an issue outside the home, the air inside your home can actually be even more harmful. We are spending more time at home than ever, and it is so important to make sure that when we’re at home, we are breathing in fresh, safe high-quality air.

The unfortunate part about this reality is that many times, it is simple, everyday things that are impacting your home’s overall air quality and contributing to this issue. The more you know about maintaining better air quality inside the home, the safer and better off you and your family will be.

Highly Scented Candles

Many people will light candles in the home when they feel like the air is dull or smells poorly. However, those scented candles may actually be diminishing your home’s indoor air candle. If you are using paraffin-based candles, they can actually be releasing microparticles into the air when you burn them. There are other candles that can emit formaldehyde as they burn. These can both be hazardous to our health.

If you love having candles burning indoors, consider one made out of all-natural beeswax.

Harsh Cleaning Products

Did you know that many harsh cleaning products are filled with fragrances that naturally contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These can cause several health issues and long term effects. When it coms to choosing cleaning products, consider eco-friendly, or all-natural items. Also make sure that you aren’t mixing bleach with other household cleaners as this can release harmful toxins into the air.


Many people let dust build up in their home over time, simply because they don’t have the opportunity to clean. However, failing to dust regularly or letting dust build up in the home can actually cause serious issues in your home’s air. Even after you physically get rid of the dust, it can linger in the air and actually re-circulate through the ducts of your HVAC system if you aren’t replacing your filters.

Aerosol Sprays

Aerosol sprays not only count for half of outdoor VOC emission issues, but they also account for a number of indoor air quality problems as well. Inhaling too many VOC compounds can lead to lung inflammation, eye and skin issues, nausea, headaches, liver and kidney damage and more. With this in mind, try to limit the use of aerosols indoors whenever possible. This includes hairsprays and aerosol air fresheners.

If you have questions about what may be ruining your home’s indoor air quality, then contact at Texas Pride Heating and Air. We can make sure that your HVAC system is not only up and running but that it is circulating fresh, safe, quality air that you can feel good about having in your home.

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