What is indoor air pollution?
Do health symptoms improve when you leave home? Do they come back when you return? If so, you may have a problem and should explore the following potential sources:
- Is anyone smoking indoors? No one should smoke indoors.
- Can you see or smell mold or mildew?
- Is the humidity regularly above 50 percent?
- Are there leaks or standing water anywhere— kitchen, basement, attic?
- Are all fuel-burning appliances (gas stoves, water heaters, fireplaces) fully vented to the outdoors?
- Is there an attached garage or basement where cars, lawnmowers or motorcycles are stored?Are household chemicals, paints or solvents stored indoors or in an attached garage or basement?
- Have you recently remodeled and painted, or added new furniture and carpeting?
- Do you use odor-masking chemicals or "air-freshening" devices?
- Has kitchen or food garbage been covered and removed?
- Have you used pesticides recently?
- Do you have indoor pets, or allow outdoor pets inside your home?