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Indoor Air Quality - Free Publications from the EPA and Other Agencies - Issues, Guidance, Information and News

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Air Cleaners/Residential Air Cleaners

Air Ducts/Duct Cleaning: Should You Have the Air Ducts In Your Home Cleaned? This is an EPA publication intended to help consumers answer this often confusing question. The guide explains what air duct cleaning is, provides guidance to help consumers decide whether to have the service performed in their home, and provides helpful information for choosing a duct cleaner, determining if duct cleaning was done properly, and how to prevent contamination of air ducts. EPA-402-K-97-002, October 1997.

Air Quality/Indoor Air Quality

Air Toxics/Cleveland Air Toxics Pilot Project


"Asbestos in Your Home"


"Clear Your Home of Asthma Triggers: Your Children Will Breathe Easier"

"Managing Asthma in the School Environment"



"Biological Pollutants in Your Home"

Building Air Quality/BAQ Guide
The Building Air Quality Action Plan (BAQ Action Plan) meets the needs of building owners and managers who want an easy-to-understand path for taking their building from current conditions and practices to the successful institutionalization of good IAQ management practices. It emphasizes changing how you operate and maintain your building, not increasing the amount of work or cost of maintaining your building. The BAQ Action Plan follows 8 logical steps and includes a 100-item Checklist that is designed to help verify implementation of the Action Plan. In order to use the Building Air Quality Action Plan effectively, one must have a thorough understanding of the concepts and practice of managing indoor air quality, an understanding that can be gained from a thorough reading of Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers (BAQ). In addition, there is extensive internal referencing of this BAQ Action Plan to the original BAQ guide, making it helpful and easy to use both documents together.


Carbon Monoxide (CO)

"Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning"
Discusses health hazards associated with exposure to carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, faintness, and, at high levels, death. Provides guidance on what to do if you think you are suffering from CO poisoning and what to do to prevent exposure to CO. Also included is a brief discussion about carbon monoxide detectors. U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, Indoor Environments, EPA Document Number 402-F-96-005, October 1996.

Proteja su vida y la de su familia: Evite el envenenamiento con mon�xido de carbono (EPA Document Number 402-F-97-004)

The Carbon Monoxide fact sheet has also been translated into Vietnamese (EPA Document Number 402-F-96-005C), Chinese (EPA Document Number 402-F-96-005A) , and Korean (EPA Document Number 402-F-96-005B) and is available from IAQ INFO 1-800-438-4318.

(CIAQ) Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality

Cleveland Air Toxics Pilot Project/Air Toxics

Combustion Products/Respirable Particles

What You Should Know About Combustion Appliances and Indoor Air Pollution Answers commonly-asked questions about the effect of combustion appliances (e.g., fuel-burning furnaces, space heaters, kitchen ranges, and fireplaces) on indoor air quality and human health. Describes other sources of combustion pollutants in and around the home. Suggests ways to reduce exposure to such pollutants and encourages proper installation, use, and maintenance of combustion appliances. This brochure was prepared by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Lung Association, and the EPA. EPA Document Reference Number 400-F-91-100


IAQ Design Tools for Schools

"Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?"


Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Financial Assessment Software Tool (EFAST)

Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)/Secondhand Smoke (SHS)

"Energy Cost and IAQ Performance of Ventilation Systems and Controls Modeling Study"


"Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems"
Discusses steps to take when cleaning and repairing a home after flooding. Excess moisture in the home is cause for concern about indoor air quality primarily because it provides breeding conditions for microorganisms. This fact sheet provides tips to avoid creating indoor air quality problems during cleanup. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 402-F-93-005, August 1993.


"An Update on Formaldehyde"

G, H

"Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals"

Healthy Buildings, Healthy People

Health Department Contact List

Homes/Indoor Air Quality in Homes/Residences

IAQ Hotlines

About Homeland Security

Humidifiers: Use and Care of Home Humidifiers - Indoor Air Facts No. 8 Explains that some types of home humidifiers can disperse microorganisms from their water tanks into the indoor air. Describes the different types of humidifiers and provides recommendations for their use and maintenance. EPA Document Number 402-F-91-101, February 1991.


IAQINFO - Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse

Indoor Air Quality/IAQ/Air Quality

Indoor Humidity Assessment Tool (IHAT)

"The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality"
Describes sources of air pollution in the home and office, corrective strategies, and specific measures for reducing pollutant levels. This illustrated booklet covers all major sources of pollution such as radon, household chemicals, biological contaminants, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, pesticides, asbestos, and lead. Includes a glossary and a list of sources for additional information. Written in easy-to-understand language for the general consumer. U.S. EPA and U.S. CPSC, EPA Document #402-K-93-007, April 1995.

IAQ Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM)

IAQ Design Tools for Schools

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Office of Air and Radiation National Laboratory Services
National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL), Montgomery, Alabama
Radiation and Indoor Environments National Laboratory (RIENL), Las Vegas, Nevada

Large Buildings/Indoor Air Quality in Large Buildings/Offices

Lead (Pb)


Map of Radon Zones/Radon Zone Map/Radon Potential Map


"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"

"Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings"

Mold news story about mold in homes and what to do about it.

Mold Resources page

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Sick Building Syndrome


Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)


"An Office Building Occupant's Guide to Indoor Air Quality"
This guide is intended to help people who work in office buildings learn about the roles of building managers and occupants in maintaining good indoor air quality. Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Indoor Environments Division (6604J), EPA-402-K-97-003, October 1997

Organic Gases/Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

"Ozone Generators That are Sold as Air Cleaners"
he purpose of this document (which is only available via this web site) is to provide accurate information regarding the use of ozone-generating devices in indoor occupied spaces. This information is based on the most credible scientific evidence currently available. Whether in its pure form or mixed with other chemicals, ozone can be harmful to health. Some studies show that ozone concentrations produced by ozone generators can exceed health standards even when one follows manufacturer's instructions. Available scientific evidence shows that, at concentrations that do not exceed public health standards, ozone is generally ineffective in controlling indoor air pollution. The public is advised to use proven methods of controlling indoor air pollution.


Passive Smoking: Fact Sheet: Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking Describes EPA's major assessment of the respiratory health risks associated with exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders (EPA/600/6-90/006 F). This landmark assessment concluded that widespread exposure to ETS in the U.S. presents a serious and substantial public health risk. A copy of the full report is available from EPA's Center for Environmental Research Information in Cincinnati, Ohio, or the Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse (IAQ INFO). U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA Document Number 43-F-93-003, January 1993.

Partnership for Clean Indoor Air


IAQ Publications

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Radon (Rn)

"Radon Mitigation Standards"

Radon Potential Map/Map of Radon Zones/Radon Zone Map

Radon Publications

Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC)

Residential Air Cleaners
Discusses air cleaning as a method of reducing pollutants in indoor air. Lists types of air cleaners for the home, factors to consider in selecting an air cleaner, and sources of additional information.U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA Document Number 20A-4001, February 1990.

Residential Air-Cleaning Devices: A Summary of Available Information Describes the general types of residential air cleaners and their effectiveness in reducing pollutants such as particles and gaseous contaminants. This detailed booklet discusses additional factors to consider when deciding whether to use an air cleaner, and provides guidelines to compare them. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 400-1-90-002, February 1990.

Respirable Particles/Combustion Products


Schools/IAQ Tools for Schools

School Advanced Ventilation Engineering Software (SAVES)

IAQ Design Tools for Schools

Secondhand Smoke (SHS)/Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)

Secondhand Smoke: What You Can Do As Parents, Decisionmakers, and Building Occupants Defines secondhand smoke and describes health risks from exposure to secondhand smoke. This leaflet provides steps to take to reduce the health risks of passive smoking in the home, in the workplace, in restaurants and bars, and other indoor places. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 402-F-93-004, July 1993.

HUMO de segunda mano: �Qu� puede hacer usted sobre el humo de segunda mano como padre, personal directivo y ocupante de un edificio? 402-F-93-004A

(This brochure is also available in Chinese from IAQ INFO, use the reference number EPA-402-F-93-004B

Setting the Record Straight: Secondhand Smoke is a Preventable Health Risk Provides detailed responses to the specific criticisms of EPA's assessment of lung cancer data included in the 1993 report, Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders (EPA/600/6-90/006 F) [This document is available from IAQ INFO]. EPA stands by its 1993 report, which found that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and increases the risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma in children. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 402-F-94-005, June 1994.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

Smoke: Fireplaces, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters. Environmental tobacco smoke.

Smoke-Free Homes

State and Regional Health Department Contacts

Symposium/National Schools Symposium


Tools for Schools Kit for IAQ

Targeting Indoor Air Pollution: EPA's Approach and Progress Summarizes the relationship between indoor air quality and health, EPA's program and approach for dealing with indoor air pollution, and authorizing legislation. This leaflet describes publications, training programs, and research activities. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 400-R-92-012, March 1993.

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"Ventilation and Air Quality in Offices"
Fact Sheet: Discusses the role of mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in maintaining indoor air quality of commercial buildings such as offices, stores, and hotels. Topics include health problems associated with poor ventilation, ways of controlling pollution, ventilation standards and building codes, and various ventilation system problems and solutions. Provides measures for resolving air quality problems and sources for additional information. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 402-F-94-003, Revised July 1990.

Volatile Organic Chemicals/Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)


Where You Live - State and Regional Health Department Contacts

Radon in Water

Ways to save money AND help the environment:

Eat healthier AND save money: Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Air Fryer and Electric Pressure Cooker Combo with Multicooker Lids that Fries, Steams, Slow Cooks, Sautés, Dehydrates

Save water AND money with this showerhead adapter, it lets the water flow until the water is hot, then shuts off water flow until you restart it, ShowerStart TSV Hot Water Standby Adapter

Protect your health with these:

Mattress Dust mite-Bedbug protector, 100% Waterproof, Hypoallergenic, Zippered

Handheld Allergen Vacuum Cleaner with UV Sanitizing and Heating for Allergies and Pet, Kills Mite, Virus, Molds, True HEPA with Powerful Suction removes Hair, Dander, Pollen, Dust,

Immune Support Supplement with Quercetin, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D3

GermGuardian Air Purifier with UV-C Light and HEPA 13 Filter, Removes 99.97% of Pollutants

5 Stage Air Purifier, Features Ultraviolet Light (UVC), H13 True Hepa, Carbon, PCO, Smart Wifi, Auto Mode, Quiet, Removes 99.97% of Particles, Smoke, Mold, Pet Dander, Dust, Odors

Interesting Reads:

THE PREPPER'S CANNING & PRESERVING BIBLE: [13 in 1] Your Path to Food Self-Sufficiency. Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Pickling & More, Plus The Food Preservation Calendar for a Sustainable Pantry

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! Paperback

The Citizens' Guide to Geologic Hazards: A Guide to Understanding Geologic Hazards Including Asbestos, Radon, Swelling Soils, Earthquakes, Volcanoes

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Book: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Paperback

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