Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

The health and well-being of your family is the highest priority and there could be an invisible danger infiltrating your home  posing health problems. Indoor air pollution is a common yet often unidentified problem that leads to numerous health issues every year. Below are some common sources of indoor air pollution you should be aware of.

New Carpets

Most people think new carpet could not impact air quality. After all, they’re new! However, what they fail to realize is that new carpets often release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) into the air. If you’re preparing to install carpet buy low-VOC products free of formaldehyde adhesives. Furthermore, keep your windows open and encourage ventilation after it’s installation.


If you notice a leak or other water intrusion, it’s crucial to act quickly to find the problem. The likelihood for development of mold is increased when water conditions are present. Some of the health issues mold can cause include:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Throat irritation
  • Respiratory infections


Prior to 1975, many building materials contained asbestos. However, asbestos was found to cause adverse health conditions including mesothelioma and lung cancer. During home redecoration or renovation, these materials can be disturbed and release asbestos particles into the air in your home. Some things in your home that may contain asbestos include:

  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Insulation
  • Shingles

Just because a home was built after 1975 does not mean asbestos may not be a problem because asbestos can still be found in many building products currently imported into the United States. Additionally, federal regulations require prior to demolition or re-construction of any multifamily swelling or commercial property including retail or office that a current asbestos survey be performed regardless of construction dates and failure to do so risks serious penalties.

Assurance You Can Count On
It’s up to you to ensure the health and well-being of your loved ones, and the quality of the air in your home is something you shouldn’t overlook. Knowledge is key, and being aware of these common sources of indoor air pollution puts the power in your hands.

If you suspect the quality of your indoor air may be compromised, the only way to ensure your safety is to have an indoor air quality evaluation performed by the professional staff at AirMD. They are an environmental testing and consulting firm capable of testing for numerous dangers including mold, asbestos and formaldehyde. Don’t leave you and your family’s health at risk. Call today for a consultation.

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By Simon Hahessy | Posted in Air Quality Testing