Indoor Air Quality Problems
Many factors can affect indoor air quality.
Smoke, mold and certain chemicals found in household goods can all release air pollutants.
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are gases that are emitted into the air from certain chemicals.
Some are thought to be harmful and may be carcinogenic.
Building materials are capable of releasing VOCs, as are certain paints, furnishings, and cleaning products.
Humidity levels, along with allergens such as pollen and animal danders, can also cause indoor air quality problems, as can leaky or dirty ductwork.
Although every individual responds differently to indoor air pollutants and allergens, these factors significantly affect the health of many people in the US each year.