Air Quality Pollution Sources

Indoor Air Contaminants & Pollution

Indoor Air Contaminants & Sources2

Contamination Sources
(Volatile Organic Compounds)
Perfumes, hairsprays,
furniture polish
Cleaning solvents
Hobby and craft supplies
Carpet dyes and fibers
Glues, adhesives, sealants.
Paints, stains, varnishes, strippers
Wood preservatives
Dry cleaned clothes, moth repellents
Air fresheners
Stored fuels, and automotive products
Contaminated water
Formaldehyde Paricleboard, interior-grade plywood
Cabinetry, furniture
Urea Formaldehyde foam insulation
Carpet, fabrics
Pesticides Insecticides, (including termiticides)
Fungicides, disinfectants
Herbicides (from outdoor use)
Lead Lead-based paint Exterior dust and soil
Carbon Monoxide
carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide
Improperly operating gas or oil furnace/hot water heater, fireplace, wood stove Unvented gas heater/kerosene heater
Sulfur Dioxide Combustion of sulfur-containing fuels (primarily kerosene heaters)
RSP (respirable particulates) Fireplace, woodstove
Unvented gas heater
Tobacco products
Unvented kerosene heater
PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) Fireplace, woodstove
Unvented kerosene heater
Tobacco products
ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke) Tobacco products
Biological contaminants Plants, animals, birds, humans
Pillows, bedding, house dust
Wet or damp materials
Standing water
Humidifiers, evaporative coolers
Hot water tank
Asbestos Pipe and furnace insulation
Ceiling and floor tiles
Full list of Asbestos Sources
Decorative sprays
Shingles and siding
Radon Soil and rock
Some building materials

More Information

For more information, or to request a professional indoor air quality consultation:

  1. Yuanhui Zhang (2005) Indoor Air Quality Engineering. CRC Press LLC., 7
  2. Hays, Steve M (1995) Indoor Air Quality Solutions and Strategies. McGraw-Hill Inc., 41