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Indoor Air Quality Information and Issues

 

Air Fresheners

Asbestos

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Combustion Pollutants

Dust

Electro-magnetic Fields (EMF's)

Gas Leaks

Lead

Mold

Odors

Paints

Particulates

Pesticides

Radon

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)

Here you will find information regarding Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems which can be caused by improper use or installation of ventilation systems, tobacco smoke, biological contamination (i.e. mold), outside air pollutants, out gasing from materials (i.e. carpeting, furniture, building materials), and mechanical equipment.  Just choose from the links above to learn more about specific IAQ  issues.


Indoor Air Quality Facts:

  • People spend approximately 90% of their time indoors
  • Levels of airborne pollutants may be 25-100 times higher indoors than outdoors
  • 80%-90% of most people's exposure to pesticides occurs indoors
  • Most homes have more than 1 source of air pollution
  • High humidity & wet surfaces can encourage the growth of biological pollutants
  • 1 in 5 (20%) of homes has a gas leak
  • 1 in 4 (25%) of homes has carbon monoxide venting problems
  • 98% of buildings have visible mold growth and of those buildings 60% contain toxic mold growth


 

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality Management Services for Business and Industry and Federal, State, and Local Government,  American Lung Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, Consumer Product Safety Commission

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