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Managing Potential Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants.

People spend most of their time indoors and therefore some of the largest exposures to pollutants and allergens can occur indoors.

 

How to manage potential pollutants?

  • For some pollutants with indoor sources, the indoor concentrations can be up to five times higher than levels found outdoors.

    Frequently, these exposures can go unnoticed, but these same exposures have been shown to be associated with a variety of negative health effects. There are many easy and affordable solutions to help improve indoor air quality.

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    Moisture that can lead to mold.

    Solution: Keep shower doors/curtains open to allow drying.

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    Inadequate venting of fuel fired appliances.

    Solution: Use exhaust hood when cooking; ensure hood is vented to outdoors.

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    Storage of products containing VOCs.

    Solution: Store only the minimum amount of products that are needed. Store other products outside of the living area.

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    Moth balls and dry cleaning.

    Solution: Avoid using chemical moth repellents if possible. Use a “green” dry cleaner that does not use polyethylene.

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    Off-Gassing of VOCs.

    Solution: After installation, allow cabinets and flooring to off-gas and increase ventilation.

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    Indoor Allergens.

    Solution: Use air purifiers to help reduce particulate, allergen and VOC levels.

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