Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially for people with asthma and allergies. Your home may have small particles in the air or damaging gases such as carbon monoxide.
What causes indoor air pollution?
- Tobacco smoke.
- Mold. It grows in places where there is moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement. It can grow on window sills and even in walls, ceilings or carpet.
- Dust mites and cockroach allergens, which come from different parts of the cockroach.
- Fumes from burning oil, coal or wood.
- Fumes called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Certain products like new kitchen cabinets, newly finished floors, new carpet and paints can give off VOCs.
- Radon — a naturally occurring gas you can’t see or smell. It can seep inside from the soil or rock under your home.
- Carbon monoxide — another gas you can’t see or smell – from furnaces, stoves and fireplaces that are not vented to the outdoors or not vented correctly.
- Pollen, pet dander and outdoor air pollution can enter the home through open windows and doors.
What can you do to improve indoor air quality?
- Make sure your home has adequate air flow.
- Remove sources of moisture.
- Keep your windows and doors closed during high pollen times.
- Reduce clutter in your home.
- Use products that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly®™