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Important Information About Indoor Air Quality

February 16, 2012

In the last couple of years, scientific evidence has shown that air within homes can be more polluted than outdoor air.  Other research indicates that people spend about 90% of their time indoors.  Because of this, the health risks for some of us may be greater due to exposure to pollution indoors than outdoors.

Most homes have more than one source that contributes to indoor air pollution.  Luckily, there are steps that we can take to reduce the level of indoor air pollution in our homes.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes come from sources that release gasses or particles into the air.  Insufficient ventilation can increase pollutant levels by not bringing enough outdoor air inside to dilute emissions. 

If there is not enough outdoor air in the home, pollutants can build to levels that pose health concerns.  Weather conditions also contribute to lesser amounts of outdoor air entering the home, which can make pollutant levels build up even more.

Health effects from indoor air pollutants may also be experienced soon after exposure, or, possibly, years later.

Apartments can also have the same indoor air problems as single-family homes because the pollution sources are similar.

Office indoor air problems are usually caused by contaminated ventilation systems, improperly placed outdoor air intakes, or maintenance issues.


Tune in to this weeks blogs to find out how to improve indoor air in your home, apartment, or office.


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