5 Common Household Products That Pollute Your Home’s Air

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5 Common Household Products That Pollute Your Home’s Air

When we hear of pollution, rarely do we consider the air inside our own homes. That’s because pollutants such as greenhouse gases and pesticides are all lurking around outside. The scary truth is that studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have found that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. There’s more— the leading sources are coming from everyday household items that you’re likely to be using. Our pros at Legacy Air are here to help create better air for better health by warning you about these toxic contaminants.

Cleaning products

Those household cleaners that are scented “tropical beach” or “fresh mountain” release harmful airborne particles. Use natural products instead or try making your own concoction at home out of water, vinegar, and baking soda.


If you recently completed a new paint job to your walls, we recommend disposing of the empty cans immediately. Paint can give off volatile organic compound gases in your garage or home and negatively impact breathing. Make sure to look out for paint with low levels of VOC.

Aerosol sprays

Hairsprays and other aerosols can seriously hurt your home’s air quality and add to outdoor pollution. Avoid using these toxic gases as much as possible or find alternative products.

Air fresheners

One air freshener can contain hundreds of different chemicals. These ingredients can trigger asthma attacks, headaches, coughs, allergic reactions, and affect breathing. There are many clean or DIY products out there that give you the same result.


While candles offer an easy way to cover up bad smells and give off a warm ambiance, they release a harmful amount of formaldehyde. Try replacing those with ones that are made of beeswax or soy.

Contact Legacy Air

It would be impossible to avoid all air pollutants, but there are steps you can take to make your home cleaner, safer, and healthier. At Legacy Air, we offer several solutions to improve your home’s air quality, including air purification systems, whole-house humidifiers, and duct cleaning. Call us today at (725) 237-2441 if you’re interested in how we can help you achieve fresher air today.

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