What does it mean? Particulate Matter is a complex mixture of microscopic solid particles and liquid droplets, ranging from fine to coarse particles.
Indoor Sources: Settled dust, upholstery, pet dander, aerosol sprays, cooking and smoke.
Potential health effects: Affects infant motor and cognitive development, can cause asthma and problems in lung development.
What does it mean? Volatile Organic Compounds are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that can easily evaporate at room temperature.
Indoor Sources: Cleaning products, cosmetics, building materials, paints, glue and furniture.
Potential health effects: Coughing, sneezing, headache, eye irritation and breathing problems.
What does it mean? Nitrogen Dioxide is a by-product of high temperature combustion. It is produced through reactions
between nitrogen and oxygen. It is a highly reactive, oxidant and corrosive gas.
Indoor Sources: Gas stoves, gas heaters, fireplaces and kerosene heaters.
Potential health effects: Wheezing, coughing, rash and irritation of the respiratory system.
What does it mean? Carbon Dioxide is a colorless and odorless gas. It is produced by human metabolic processes and combustion.
Indoor sources: Exhaled breath from humans or pets, combustion appliances and tobacco smoke.
Potential health effects: Tiredness, headache and trouble concentrating.