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IAQ FAQ’s What is "indoor air quality"? Indoor air quality (also called "indoor environmental quality") describes how inside air can affect a person's health, comfort, and ability to work.  It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, exposure to other chemicals, or other pollutants. What are some of the major indoor air pollutants that might be found in a home or office building? Biologicals: Bacteria, mold, viruses, animal dander, pollen, dust mites. These are more likely to be a problem in buildings with high humidity, or water- damage. Carbon Monoxide: From unvented gas heaters; leaking chimneys or furnaces; gas stoves; automobile exhaust. Low levels can cause headaches, flu-like symptoms. High levels can be fatal. Respirable Particles: From fireplaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters, and smoking. Organic Gases: From household products including: paints, paint strippers, and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies; dry-cleaned clothing. Formaldehyde: Usually from pressed wood products (hardwood plywood paneling, particle board, fiberboard) and furniture made with pressed wood products; or urea-formaldehyde foam insulation. Pesticides: Products used to kill household pests, and lawn and garden products that may drift or be tracked into the house. What symptoms are often linked to poor indoor air quality? It is common for people to report one or more of the following symptoms: Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin Headache Fatigue Shortness of breath Hypersensitivity and allergies Sinus congestion Coughing and sneezing Dizziness Nausea