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Common Indoor Pollutants and Why You Need an Air Quality System

Work comfortably from a home office when you have cleaner air to breathe.

A Healthy Living Environment Needs Clean Air

We spend most of our lives indoors and consider our homes to be a safe place. However, you may be surprised to learn that invisible dangers lurk inside them. These dangers are the pollutants in the air you breathe—things like dust, mold, and smoke.

It’s true that indoor air pollutants can significantly impact our overall health and well-being. Thankfully, indoor air quality systems are available to help combat these pollutants and create a healthier living environment. 

Continue reading to learn about common indoor air pollutants and why you may consider an air quality system for your Seattle, WA, area home.

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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are chemicals from common household cleaners, paints, furniture, and flooring. They are invisible to the eye and are emitted into the air. Breathing high levels of VOCs is unhealthy and can cause issues like eye irritation, respiratory problems, headaches, or dizziness. However, an air quality system in your home can help capture potentially harmful VOC particles and stop them from causing long-term health concerns.


If you suffer from allergies, an air quality system is a great option to help control pollutant levels within your home. Things like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold can trigger allergic reactions and difficulty breathing in people who are sensitive to these items. An air quality system with a HEPA filter is recommended for capturing small allergy-causing particles and leaving behind cleaner, healthier air.

Particulate Matter

Smoke, soot, and dust could be floating in the air inside your home, and you may not notice. These larger particles are called “particulate matter” and can be large enough to see yet can still be inhaled and cause health concerns. An air quality system with a HEPA filter or electrostatic precipitator can help to remove these particles from the air, leaving a healthier living environment.

Indoor Odors

Cooking, pets, and garbage can all contribute to unpleasant smells lingering in your home. While not necessarily a direct health impact, indoor odors can contribute to discomfort and be bothersome. An air quality system can help reduce the effects of odors in your home by using a carbon filter to absorb the elements responsible for the obnoxious smells. You’ll feel more confident inviting guests into your home when it has a cleaner, fresher scent.

Cleaner Air for Wellness

Breathing polluted air can cause long-term health issues for some, especially if you are immuno-compromised or asthmatic. Everyone deserves to breathe clean air without concerns about the impact of VOCs or particle matter on their quality of life. An air quality system can help reduce these occurrences in your home and control those lingering odors associated with everyday living.


If you’d like to learn more about air quality system options for your Seattle, WA, area home, please contact the Elite Automation team. We are your go-to resource for improving daily living with wellness technology.

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