fb pixel
South Florida Pollutants

5 of the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants in South Florida

November 1, 2020

You may be surprised or even shocked to discover that indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. A typical person spends 90% of their time indoors, and most of that time is at home. Read on to learn about five of the most common indoor air pollutants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a waste product of fuel consumption. In Fort Lauderdale homes, common sources of carbon monoxide include gas-powered water heaters, ovens and clothes dryers. Idling your car in an attached garage, using a generator near open doors or setting up a grill next to your home allows carbon monoxide gas to get into the air.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals released from common household products and building materials. They include toluene, benzene and xylene. They release from drywall, carpets, paints, glues and adhesives and plastics.


Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. It off-gases from dry-cleaned clothing and upholstery sealed with stain prevention chemicals. Plastics, carpets and particle board may also release formaldehyde.

Nitrogen Dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide is also a waste product from fuel combustion. Poorly maintained stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, water heaters and clothes dryers may produce this toxic gas. Tobacco smoke is another source of carbon dioxide. If your home is close to a busy road, auto exhaust is a major source of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.


Smoke from cooking, burning wood or using tobacco is also a common indoor air pollutant. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. It’s a class A carcinogen.

In addition to these indoor air pollutants, dust, radon and excessive humidity may also cause air quality problems in your home. We offer indoor air quality solutions and are ready to help you achieve and maintain a safe, healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Contact Cool Running Air to learn more.

You May Also Like

What Does Recovery Mode Mean on My HVAC Thermostat?

What Does Recovery Mode Mean on My HVAC Thermostat?

If you ever look at your home's HVAC thermostat and see it indicate it's in recovery mode, you might worry about the system breaking down. However, this is actually a common feature of newer thermostats. When you know what recovery mode means, you can enjoy the...

5 Tips for Using Your Heat Pump in Hollywood, FL, Efficiently

5 Tips for Using Your Heat Pump in Hollywood, FL, Efficiently

While heat pumps provide exceptionally efficient heating, they’ll lose it without some intentional effort on your part. There are some specific actions you can take to help improve or maintain your efficiency. Consider these five tips for using your heat pump in...

How to Maintain Your HVAC System if You Have Pets

How to Maintain Your HVAC System if You Have Pets

Many homeowners in Broward, FL, have beloved pets, so chances are that includes you. Although you love your furry family member, it’s possible for their hair and dander to get into the air and lead to allergies. Your HVAC system can also have issues, but you can take...

Why Choose Us

24/7 Emergency Service

Family-owned and operated

Financing options available


25+ years of experience


Bi-lingual, English & Spanish

We are a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Compliance Settings
Increase Font Size
Simplified Font
Underline Links
Highlight Links