Indoor Air Quality is Complicated

Indoor Air Quality indoor air quality

We spend over 90 percent of our time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  With cold weather arriving, time indoors increases.  Exposure to a variety of indoor air pollutants increases as well.  Some of the sources of these pollutants are:

  • Carpeting and other types of flooring
  • Upholstery
  • Synthetic building materials
  • Home or office furnishings
  • Paint
  • Office equipment such as printers
  • Cleaning products
  • Pesticides
  • Mold 
  • Outdoor pollution that seeps inside such as smoke, dust and soot.  
  • Pets

Common Indoor Chemical Pollutants

The paint on the walls and the upholstery on the furniture are just some of the items in a home or office that releases volatile organic compounds (VOC’s,) like formaldehyde.  Substances like xylene (in paint and lacquers), benzene (furniture wax, insect sprays), trichloroethylene (cleaners, adhesives), and formaldehyde (upholstery, air fresheners) can produce symptoms like headaches, sore throats, or allergy-like breathing problems.

Additional Indoor Pollutants

Other common pollutants include various types of mold, viruses, bacteria and pet hair and dander.  

If you experience health concerns while indoors call Turn-Key Environmental 937-335-8807.  We can determine the source of the problem and provide recommendations and solutions for alleviating or eliminating the problematic conditions.  

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