Indoor Air Quality Assistance
The Oneida Nation received financial support from the EPA under an Assistance Agreement that allows for the use of EPA materials by the Oneida Nation and does not imply direct, implementation, work or oversight by the EPA. The following information is an excerpt from the EPA website.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the area. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
Common Sources of indoor air pollution include:
- Fuel-burning combustion appliances
- Tobacco products
- Building materials and furnishings as diverse as:
- Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
- Newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet
- Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
- Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
- Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
- Excess moisture
- Outdoor sources such as:
- Outdoor air pollution.
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For information about the following topics, please follow these links:
- Mold – Wisconsin Department of Health Services https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mold/indoor.htm
- Mold Contractors – Wisconsin Department of Health Services https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mold/profinfo.htm
- Hiring a Mold Contractor – Wisconsin Department of Health Services https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mold/hiringguide.htm
- Cleaning Mold in your home – Wisconsin Department of Health Service https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mold/clean.htm
For more information, please contact Victoria Flowers, Environmental Compliance Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920)869-4548