Indoor air problems can be subtle and do not always produce easily recognized impacts on health, well-being, or the physical plant. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, nausea, and irritation of the eye, nose, throat, and skin.
Nearly 1 in 13 children of school-age has asthma, which is the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness. There is substantial evidence that indoor environmental exposure to allergens (such as dust mites, pests, and molds) plays a role in triggering asthma symptoms. What are the most surprising sources? Let's take a look...
Cars, mowers, paints, weed killers, lubricants, solvents, and harsh cleaners all contain or generate harmful substances that can enter your home through open doors, gaps around closed doors, air ducts, and more.
Products containing ammonia or bleach not only cause air pollution but can also aggravate those with asthma, COPD, and other respiratory diseases.
The natural ingredient that gives scented air fresheners, cleaning products, and candles that fresh, lemony scent is called limonene – the oil extracted from the peels of citrus fruits. Limonene is a known volatile organic compound (VOC). And while not all VOCs are harmful, limonene becomes especially dangerous when it mixes with ground-level ozone, which is present in most homes.
Tobacco smoke is a common cause of indoor air pollution. Tobacco smoke – including secondhand and even thirdhand smoke – is unhealthy for everyone, especially for young children, people with asthma, and those with compromised immune system