Quick Facts about Indoor Air Quality:
► On average, we spend about 90% of our day indoors, and take in over 20,000
breaths each day, meaning indoor air can have a far greater impact on our health
than outdoor air.
► Most indoor air pollution is invisible, meaning we donít necessarily know
itís a problem until someone in the home is affected. Indoor air pollutants are
most harmful to people with asthma or respitory problems, especially in children
and the elderly.
► Some of the most common indoor pollutants include pet
dander, mold, dust mites, and pollens. Many people have allergic reactions to these
substances, and those with asthma are particularly sensitive.
What Can You Do in Your Home?
One helpful way to learn more is to take a virtual tour of your home,
with an interactive web application, found at:
For more information on asthma, see the American Lung Associationís web site at
www.alaw.org, or call them
Also, there are five simple things you can do to reduce pollutants in
- Vacuum and clean regularly, which significantly removes the amount of dust
particles that circulate in the air.
- Wipe your feet on a doormat, or better yet, take your shoes off when you enter
your home. This greatly reduces the pollutants (like pesticides and heavy metals),
than are tracked in from your shoes and lodged in your carpet.
- Avoid smoke from wood stoves, fireplaces, and cigarettes, all of which have
toxic properties. If you have a wood stove, be sure that all the gaskets and seals
are working properly, as many older stoves can ďleakĒ and emit high levels of
- Use less toxic products for managing pest problems in your home and
- Use fans or open windows to reduce moisture in bathrooms and kitchens. This
air flow helps to reduce the build-up of indoor pollutants, and minimizes the
potential for toxic molds that thrive on moisture.