Indoor air quality is a concern for health.
Have you ever wondered if the things inside your house that you consider safe and harmless actually are? The perfume that you spray, the plastic food containers that you put in your dishwasher, the carpet that your kids lie on as they watch their favorite TV show, even the wrinkle-resistant clothing you wear — all of them could be potential sources of indoor air pollution.
We don’t normally think about stuff inside our homes emitting pollutants, but just about all building materials and consumer products emit organic compounds. When I say “organic compounds” I don’t mean expensive broccoli, though broccoli and all foods are made of organic compounds. No, when I say “organic compounds,” I mean molecules that contain or are based on carbon.
For example, you may have heard of hydrocarbons like crude oil, the stuff we make gasoline, plastics and all kinds of other things from. Hydrocarbons are organic compounds, and like several other organic compounds they can be volatile, meaning they can release vapors or gases. Volatile organic compounds can also react with ozone and other molecules in the air to form compounds that can condense into airborne particles or attach onto particles already present in the air inside your house.
Now consider that Americans spend almost nine times as much time indoors as they do outdoors.
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