Occupant-Introduced Dangers in the Home

We once inspected for an owner who didn’t know the source of a menthol smell. Upon investigation, we found that the previous owner had smoked in the same room – for thirty years. Indoor air quality is often affected not only by building components (roof, HVAC, foundation), but also by occupant use of the home.

Occupants can affect indoor air quality through:

  • Smoking
  • Woodworking
  • Chemical Use (Legal or Illegal)
  • Pets and Pests
  • Spills
  • Paints and VOC-producing materials
  • Dust Buildup and Failure to Clean

Paying attention to occupant use can also help clean up your indoor air quality.