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Is Your Air Healthy?. Indoor Air Quality Facts. People spend 60-90% of their time indoors. Indoor air is more dangerous to your health than outdoor air. Possible health problems range from headaches to lung cancer.

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indoor air quality facts
Indoor Air Quality Facts
  • People spend 60-90% of their time indoors.
  • Indoor air is more dangerous to your health than outdoor air.
  • Possible health problems range from headaches to lung cancer.
  • The source of pollutants must be identified before air quality can be improved.
indoor air quality concerns
Indoor Air Quality Concerns
  • Combustion appliances
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Building and repair materials
  • Biological contaminants
  • Radon
  • Indoor air ventilation
combustion appliances
Combustion Appliances
  • Heating and cooking devices involve a chemical process that produces the following byproducts:
    • Carbon monoxide.
    • Nitrogen and sulfur oxide.
    • Formaldehyde.
  • Vent appliances to the outside and conduct safety inspections.
carbon monoxide
Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can result in death if exposure levels are too high.
  • A CO detector is necessary to

detect high levels that could

affect your families’ safety.

symptoms of overexposure
Symptoms of Overexposure






sources of carbon monoxide
Sources of Carbon Monoxide
  • Blocked flue pipes.
  • Malfunctioning furnaces.
  • Use of charcoal grills indoors.
  • Automobiles running in a garage attached to the house.
tobacco smoke
Tobacco Smoke
  • Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes contain cancer causing chemicals as well as throat and lung irritants.
  • A smoky home affects all household members, not just the smoker.
  • Children and asthmatics are most at risk.
  • Consider banning smoking inside your home.
concerns with building and repair materials
Concerns with Building and Repair Materials
  • Furniture, flooring, shelves, and cabinets may be made from manufactured wood products which contain glue made with formaldehyde.
  • New carpet can release volatile chemicals.
  • Paints and varnishes may release harmful vapors.
  • Asbestos fibers can accumulate in your lungs, causing respiratory problems.
addressing building and repair materials concerns
Addressing Building and Repair Materials Concerns
  • Buy manufactured wood products that are formaldehyde free or have low emissions.
  • Install low-emission carpets and keep carpets clean.
  • Provide extra ventilation when painting or varnishing in the home.
  • Make sure asbestos areas are isolated and the asbestos is safely encased.
biological contaminants
Biological Contaminants
  • Biological contaminants come from living or once-living organisms.
  • Control their growth by:
    • Keeping surfaces clean.
    • Maintaining low moisture levels.
  • Keep down household dust by using treated cloths, damp cleaning, and laundering.
  • Radon is a odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas.
  • 40% of Kentucky homes tested since 1985 had levels higher than what is healthy.
  • Radon exposure increases lung cancer risks.
  • The only way to know the levels in your home is to have the home tested.
indoor air ventilation
Indoor Air Ventilation
  • Inadequate ventilation can cause a buildup of pollutants.
  • Persistent odors of chemicals, mildew or food indicate you need more ventilation.
  • Homes that leak air waste energy.
  • Consult an energy professional to ventilate your home properly without energy loss.