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Healthy Indoor Air in Mohawk Homes


Home Indoor Air Quality Issues

If you're like most Mohawks, you spend much of your time indoors. Have you ever stopped to think about whether the air you're breathing at home is healthy?

When you're at home do you frequently feel nauseated and over tired and suffer from headaches?

Does the situation improve when you leave the house?

If you have these symptoms your home's air quality may be the problem. Our homes today contain furnishings, combustion appliances, and hobby and household products that can compromise the quality of the home's air.

Common Indoor Air Quality Problems

RADON--radioactive gas from soil and rock beneath and around the foundation, ground water wells, and some building materials. Click here for the list of week long activities.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE--produces particulates, combustion products, and formaldehyde. Click here for the list of week long activities.

MOISTURE AND BIOLOGICALS--(like molds, mildew, dust mites)--sources include excessive humidity levels, poorly-maintained humidifiers and air-conditioners, and inadequate ventilation. Click here for the list of week long activities.

LEAD--sources include lead-based paint dust from removing paint by sanding, scraping and burning.

COMBUSTION PRODUCTS INCLUDING CARBON MONOXIDE--sources include unvented fossil-fuel space heaters, unvented gas stoves and oven, and "back drafting" from furnaces and water heaters. Click here for the list of week long activities.

HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS AND FURNISHINGS--volatile organic compounds from paints, solvents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, dry cleaned clothing, aerosol sprays, adhesives and fabric additives used in carpeting and furniture.

You don't have to be a scientist to improve the quality of air in your home. You should understand, however, a few basics to get you started. Click on the above links to get more information or visit the following sites:

Household Products

Common Indoor Air Pollutants-Organic Gases

Sierra Club Policy: Indoor Air Pollution


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