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Improve your health and well-being with our comprehensive guide to indoor air quality (IAQ). Learn about pollutants, how to test and improve indoor air, and tips for maintaining a clean and healthy living environment.
According to the EPA, the average person spends approximately 90% of their time indoors. Also that your indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted that the outside air.
Many sources within your home release gases and particles in your home’s air and are the primary cause of indoor air pollution.
The common air pollution sources are combustion sources, such as those from vehicles, solid fuel burning for power generation, and other industries.
The usual culprits are cooking with a gas stove, tobacco smoke, burning of candles, and unvented space heaters such as kerosene heaters can all cause poor IAQ.
These include contaminants such as bacteria, molds, mildews, viruses, pet dander and saliva, soil and plant debris, dust, and bugs such as mites and cockroaches.
VOCs are gases emitted into the air from various products and processes. These include a variety of chemicals that may have short to long-term adverse health effects.
Radon can infiltrate your home through cracks and gaps in the walls and floors, construction joints, and other gaps. It is the No.1 cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Outside air can enter your home in three ways: natural ventilation, infiltration, and mechanical ventilation
There are plenty of tools on the market to help you identify air pollutants. Check out our guide for our recommendations.
As with anything bad for you, elimination is the most effective way to deal with a problem. Check out our guide on everything from ventilation to smart home solutions.
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