Monday, March 4, 2013

Reduce Potentially Harmful Pollutants in Your Home

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes, and can also have effects on public health by negatively impacting outdoor air and water quality.

Certain building materials, furnishings, and household products (such as air fresheners) release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home (such as cleaning), release pollutants intermittently. Pollutants can remain in the air and on surfaces for long periods of time, especially in home environments with inadequate ventilation and/or high temperature and humidity levels.

There are a number of steps you can take to reduce potentially harmful pollutants in your home, including addressing sources of asbestos and lead or other materials that impact occupant health; using environmentally preferable materials; properly ventilating; and utilizing air and water filtration
Information on the major building-related toxics and indoor air quality issues, and how to avoid them, is provided below.

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