Be aware of what’s inside your home to ensure you maintain healthy indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality is compromised by sources of indoor pollution made worse by poor ventilation. According to the the US Environmental Protection Agency, there are many sources of indoor air pollution at home, including:
- combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products;
- building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation,
- wet or damp carpet, and
- cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; I believe these 4 bullets should be combined into one. See notes on my questions/comment page.
- products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies;
- central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices;
- outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides,
- outdoor air pollution
The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than one that is properly adjusted.
Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of unvented or malfunctioning stoves, furnaces, or space heaters, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of cleaning products and pesticides in house-keeping. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some of these activities.
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The US Environmental Protection Agency has more information: