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How Bad Is Indoor Air?

The American Environmental Protection Agency as well as their European counterparts estimates that indoor air is 2 to 5 times as polluted as air on the other side of the window.

germsFollowing is a more detailed list of indoor air pollution sources:

  1. Combustion (Oil, Kerosene, Coal, Wood),
  2. Tobacco products
  3. Building materials
  4. Furnishings
  5. Insulation
  6. Carpets
  7. Household cleaning products,
  8. Pesticides
  9. Personal care products
  10. Hobbies
  11. Paint and paint strippers
  12. Central heating/cooling systems
  13. Humidifying devices
  14. Outdoor sources
  15. Biological contaminants
Different types of biological contaminants:
  1. Airborne Microorganisms: Mold spores, mildew, fungus, viruses, bacteria
  2. Animal dander
  3. Animal urine
  4. Mites
  5. Pollen
clouds Some Indoor Sources of Biological Contaminants:
  1. Central air handling systems Humidifiers, AC and Large building ventilation systems
  2. Home heating and cooling systems, evaporation trays in humidifiers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, AC
  3. Water damaged carpets and building materials