Indoor Air Quality
There are numerous potential sources of indoor air pollution, including building materials and room furnishings. Consumer products can release pollutants into the air, including formaldehyde, ozone and other potentially harmful chemicals. Cleaning products often contain volatile chemicals that are released during use and can impact health. Even cooking can generate harmful particulates and air pollutants.
Infants and children are more vulnerable to indoor air pollutants because of their developmental life stage, which is one reason CARB has focused research on day care centers, portable classrooms and school buses. People with asthma or other respiratory diseases are also susceptible to health effects from indoor air pollution. The use of indoor air cleaners can significantly improve air quality by removing harmful particulates and other contaminants.