Environmental Health and Safety - Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term to describe the physical and chemical characteristics of air inside buildings with special concern for the impact on occupant health and comfort. WKU strives to promote a healthy indoor environment in which the surroundings contribute to productivity, comfort, and a sense of health and well-being. If you have concerns about Indoor Air Quality in your area, please submit an Indoor Air Quality Concern.
For indoor air quality concerns on campus please submit an Indoor Air Quality Concern.
Moisture and mold can create respiratory issues, which is why it is important to try and keep your home mold free. Make sure to fix leaks early and increase ventilation in your home by running the exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen.
Regular HVAC maintenance could help you save money, breathe cleaner air, and enjoy increased safety and comfort in your home. Learn why HVAC preventive maintenance is such a wise and worthwhile investment here: https://iaqa.org/consumer-resources/hvac-preventive-maintenance-is-essential/