Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of indoor pollutants. The amount of indoor pollutants can cause possible ill health effects and affect the comfort of the home's occupants.
Is your home making you sick?
There may very well be an indoor air quality problem. To be sure, an air quality test will give you the answer. We have found an easy to use Air Quality Home Test. No lab costs - all tests are self evaluated.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air quality of our homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air we breathe outside.
The can also cause a greater health hazard than outdoor pollutants... So much for "Home Sweet Home". Well... let's not jump to conclusions. You may have nothing to worry about.
Please review the list below. Click on the links provided to learn more about the IAQ issues that are of interest to you.
Major Indoor Air Quality Concerns
Tobacco and Wood Smoke
We all know the consequences of tobacco smoking and that second hand smoke is also a major concern for those exposed. Wood smoke is a major cause of death in 3rd world countries...the number of deaths is thought to be in the hundreds of thousands!
Probably the most widespread indoor air pollutant in the US and across Europe, radon causes tens of thousands of lung cancer induced deaths in the US each year. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Molds and other Allergens
These biological agents fall into 2 classes:
These issues can result in serious health issues for people with respiratory conditions and/or those with compromised immune systems.
Carbon monoxide is one of the most acutely toxic of all indoor air pollutants. It's caused by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels.
Common sources are...Tobacco smoke, space heaters (non-electric), defective furnaces, and automobile exhaust.
Very Important... Carbon Monoxide produces flu like symptoms. If the entire household comes down with the flu at the same time, assume that you have elevated CO levels and leave the building!
Before 1975, asbestos was found in many common building materials. If you think you have a source of this pollutant in your home don't mess with it! If left undisturbed the risk to you will be minimal. Asbestos is currently causing between 5000-10,000 deaths in the US annually.
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOCs represent a host of household products from particle board to cleaning agents. You may also have a problem with VOCs if your home is built on a toxic waste site. These man made compounds can cause a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.
These are some of the major Indoor Air Quality factors that can have a direct impact on the air quality of our homes or work places. Many of these air pollutants can be minimized or eliminated quite easily. Please investigate the links provided to learn how to mitigate these individual pollutants.