Poorly Maintained Appliances that emit particles, gases and fumes
- Poor Air Quality
- Tobacco Smoke
- Smoke from Wood Burning Stoves
- Volatile Organic Compounds
- Dust Mites
- Pet dander
- Poorly Maintained Appliances
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Trigger Description and What you can do
Appliances can be sources of indoor air pollution. Older adults spend more than 80% of their time indoors. It is important to look at sources within the home that may emit particles, gases and fumes that are harmful to health and can trigger respiratory attacks.
Appliances which use natural or LP (propane or butane) gas, fuel oil, kerosene, wood or coal such as kerosene heaters, outdoor grills, fireplaces and wood stoves produce particles which can pose a health threat. Air conditioners can also be a source of pollutants if not maintained properly.
What you can do:
Have your furnace, heating and air conditioning units professionally inspected and cleaned annually.
Repair any leaks from your appliances properly or call a professional to assist you.
All furnaces and fuel burning heaters must be vented to the outdoors.
Change filters regularly and follow the manufacturer's maintenance instructions.
Avoid use of ozone generators as air purifiers in occupied spaces. Ozone may worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma.NOTE: EPA does not certify residential air cleaning devices, including ozone generators. No federal agency has approved the use of ozone generators in occupied spaces because of serious health concerns about ozone. If you wish to use a residential air cleaning device, it is recommended that you review more information on the product either through a product review source such as Consumer Reports or through the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers .
Residential Air Cleaning Devices