The Consumer portion of the Health House program is designed to educate homeowners on the steps that can be taken to reduce impacts of exposure to poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
During the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists poor IAQ as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country.
- Potential pollutant sources include any combustion sources, asbestos-containing materials, wet or damp carpets, furniture made from pressed wood, household cleaning products, and pollutants from the outdoors such as radon and pesticides.
- Short term exposure to poor IAQ may result in irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
- Long term exposure to poor IAQ may result in some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer.
Since we spend an average of 87% to 90% of our time indoors, it is important to be cognizant of IAQ hazards.