Indoor

Indoor Air
Indoor AirSome of the worst air pollution comes from the inside—not the outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency ranked indoor air pollution among the top four environmental risks to the public. The American Lung Association in Colorado offers the following programs and resources to help you address indoor air quality issues:

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Family Air Care Indoor Allergens and Mold Test Kit
If you suffer from allergies, the air that you breathe at home might be part of the problem. The Family Air Care® Indoor Allergens and Mold Test Kit can help you take steps toward improving the air quality of your home, starting by measuring the levels of commonly occurring allergens -- the substances that cause allergic reactions in people who are susceptible. The Family Air Care ® Indoor Allergens and Mold Test Kit was developed by the allergy experts at National Jewish HealthTM in conjunction with Roche, one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.



What causes indoor air pollution?
  • Particulate matter caused by tobacco smoke, animal dander, dust, or dirt in air ducts
  • Biological contaminants caused by dust mites, standing water, mold, or houseplants
  • Volatile organic compounds caused by moth balls, carpet fumes, or dry cleaned clothing
  • Toxic chemicals caused by household cleaning products, pesticides, paint, paint thinner, or glues
Strategies to reduce indoor air pollution
  • Avoid secondhand smoke
  • Keep pets outdoors and off furniture, and bathe animals regularly
  • Use safe alternatives to household cleaning products
  • Maintain low indoor humidity
  • Vacuum carpets frequently and use a high-efficiency vacuum bag
  • Open your windows or turn on the exhaust fan when cooking or using chemicals