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MISSION, KS /ACCESSWIRE/October 3, 2022/ (Family Features) The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way people spend time at home. From work to training, more and more activities outside the home have moved to the home.

In fact, according to the 2021 US Time Use Survey, 38% of employed people did some or all of their work from home. This means that better indoor air quality at home is more important than ever.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor air quality. With the average person taking around 22,000 breaths a day, installing smarter indoor air quality technology is essential for healthier living all year round.

Improving the air quality in your home starts with recognizing what contributes to poor indoor air quality, the potentially harmful effects, and how to address these issues.

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Off-gassing from building materials, carpets, adhesives and synthetic materials, as well as solvents from common household cleaners, can accumulate even in well-built homes. Continuous ventilation solutions can help reduce the harmful effects of off-gassing, such as headaches, nausea, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.

Simple smart fans and good ventilation can help control gassing in your home. Other options for reducing the impact of off-gassing include purchasing products designed for low or no emission of volatile organic compounds and adding houseplants that naturally help filter and purify the air, well houseplants only offer a little help.


Moisture that is not properly vented can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can potentially lead to structural problems and health issues. For most homes, the optimal humidity balance is 40-60%, but these levels can be difficult to maintain in high humidity spaces like bathrooms.

Antimicrobial light technology combined with powerful ventilation provides effective protection against the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus in your home. An option like the Broan SurfaceShield LED Exhaust Fan kills viruses and prevents the growth of mold, bacteria, and fungi on surfaces in your bathroom or other moisture-prone environments. Featuring two light modes, daily white light perfect for task lighting and continuous antimicrobial mode, the cover is also designed to stay cleaner longer with fewer louvers where dust and dirt can get trapped.

Cooking effluents

Cooking effluent from food preparation can seep throughout your home in minutes. Grease, oils and aromas permanently settle on carpets, furniture, clothing and other surfaces. Kitchen ventilation solutions can help eliminate cooking effluents for a cleaner, more comfortable and healthier environment.

For example, the Broan Elite 21-inch Custom Range Hood Power Supply offers a custom look while protecting cabinetry with stainless steel liners. Bright LED lighting enhances your cooking experience while four-speed, backlit touch control and WiFi connectivity enabling voice control make the hood easy to use. Auto infrared sensing lets your range hood adjust your fan speed to suit your cooking style.


From sources such as space heaters, gas ranges, wood stoves, indoor heaters, clothes dryers and fireplaces, combustion pollutants are gases or particles from burning materials. Examples include carbon monoxide – causing headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue – and nitrogen dioxide – causing eye, nose and throat irritation; impaired lung function; and increased respiratory infections.

Where possible, use appliances that vent to the outside, ventilate rooms where fuel-burning appliances are used, and ensure that these appliances are properly installed, operated, adjusted and maintained.

Find more ideas for improving the air quality in your home at broan-nutone.com.

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Common Domestic Air Offenders

Understanding and controlling some of the common pollutants found in homes, schools, and offices can help improve your indoor air and reduce your family’s risk of health problems related to indoor air quality.

Radon, a radioactive gas that forms in the ground, enters your home by seeping through cracks and gaps in floors and walls touching the ground.

Second-hand smoke comes from burning tobacco products.

Combustion pollutants are created when certain materials are burned in poorly ventilated appliances, such as radiators, stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers and fireplaces. Common examples are carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, both of which are colorless, odorless gases that can be difficult to identify.

Volatile organic compounds can be found in many household products such as paints and lacquers, strippers, cleaning products, varnishes and waxes, pesticides, building materials and furniture, office equipment, moth repellents, air fresheners and dry-cleaned clothes.

Asthma triggers vary by person and the causes of their asthma, but common examples include mold, dust mites, second-hand smoke and pet dander, as well as certain foods and air pollutants.

Molds are living organisms that produce spores, which transfer through the air before landing on moist surfaces and growing.

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Michael French
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