Important Facts About Indoor Air Quality for Every Homeowner [Infographic]

You may think pollutants only affect the air you breathe outside, but for the majority of homes in the U.S., indoor air quality is a big issue. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home and breathe easier as a result.

Important Facts About Indoor Air Quality for Every Homeowner [Infographic]

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

  • Indoor pollution sources that release harmful gases or particles into the air
  • Inadequate ventilation that increases indoor pollutant levels
  • High temperature and humidity levels

Common Pollutant Sources

  • The use of oil, gas, kerosene, coal, or wood
  • Tobacco products
  • Furnishings and building materials, such as cabinetry or furniture made from pressed wood products or old insulation that contains asbestos
  • Products commonly used for maintenance and household cleaning as well as hobbies or personal care
  • Outdoor sources like radon, outdoor air pollution, and pesticides

Improving Indoor Air Quality

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to make sure dust and dirt don’t get blown back into your home.
  • Keep your home humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent and make your home a no-smoking zone.
  • Test your home for radon and avoid using products with synthetic fragrances.
  • Switch your air filters regularly and fix issues with your home’s ventilation system promptly.