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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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Is your air healthy

Is Your Air Healthy?

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.

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