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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.

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