An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
What if you live in an apartment?
Basic Information on Pollutants and Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
- Biological Pollutants
- Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products
- Lead (Pb)
- Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
- Radon (Rn)
- Respirable Particles
- Secondhand Smoke/ Environmental Tobacco Smoke
- Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces, and Chimneys
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Apartments can have the same indoor air problems as single-family homes because many of the pollution sources, such as the interior building materials, furnishings, and household products, are similar. Indoor air problems similar to those in offices are caused by such sources as contaminated ventilation systems, improperly placed outdoor air intakes, or maintenance activities.
- Solutions to air quality problems in apartments, as in homes and offices, involve such actions as: eliminating or controlling the sources of pollution, increasing ventilation, and installing air cleaning devices. Often a resident can take the appropriate action to improve the indoor air quality by removing a source, altering an activity, unblocking an air supply vent, or opening a window to temporarily increase the ventilation; in other cases, however, only the building owner or manager is in a position to remedy the problem.
- What to Do If You Suspect a Problem
Read more about ways to improve the indoor air quality of your building.
- You can encourage building management to follow guidance contained in EPA's Integrated Building Evaluation and Assessment (I-BEAM) Tool.
A Radon Guide for Tenants
This guide, created by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) with EPA's review, is for people who rent their apartments or houses. The guide explains what radon is, and how to find out if there is a radon problem in your home. The guide also talks about what you can do if there are high radon levels in your home.
- "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"
- "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings"
- Chapter on "Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips"
- Mold Resources page - www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html
National Apartment Association
Phone: (703) 518-6141 / Fax: (703) 248-9440