Indoor Air Quality Checklist for Your Home

Take a few moments out of your day and answer the questions on this checklist.  You may be suffering from the effects of poor indoor air quality and not even know it.  If you answer yes to any of the bullets on the checklist you should try the Healthy Indoor Air Quality Solution Finder.  What is recommended for you may surprise you.  I found out that I could really use a humidifier because my skin is incredibly dry and I get nose bleeds all the time.

  • Are there small children, elderly people, or bedridden people in the house?  The elderly, children, and sickly people who are exposed to indoor air pollutants for long periods of time are more susceptible to problems caused by poor IAQ (indoor air quality).
  • Do you or any of your family members have respiratory problems or allergies?  Allergies and respiratory problems are symptoms that can occur due to poor air quality.
  • Do you feel a difference from when you are outdoors to when you are indoors?   To determine whether or not your symptoms are related to IAQ it is important to try to isolate when you experience those symptoms.  If your eyes and throat are irritated when you are at home, but you feel better when you are out, the air in your home may play a role in the physical symptom.
  • Have you installed new carpet in your home recently?  New carpet can hold chemical emissions.  Normal household items you may think of as harmless can actually emit contaminants into the air.
  • Do you have indoor pets?  Pet saliva and dander are considered to be biological contaminants and contribute to poor IAQ.
  • Does someone in your family smoke in the house?  Did you know that over 40 of the compounds found in smoke are known to cause cancer, and many other are strong irritants?
  • Does your home contain fireproofing or asbestos insulation?  When materials that contain asbestos are damaged or if the start to disintegrate, they will release microscopic fibers into the air.  Another indoor air pollutant to look out for is radon.  Radon and asbestos are the most publicized indoor air pollutants and are also both carcinogens.
  • Is your home to humid or dry?  Improper humidity levels and high temperatures can increase concentrations of indoor air pollutants.  

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