Pollution can be up to five times worse inside your home. But you can’t always see it.

Discover the causes of
indoor air pollution

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Carbon and coal dust

Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves emit particulate matter during combustion.

Carbon and coal dust

Formaldehyde

Foam that can be found in textile-covered furniture can release formaldehyde gas

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds

Some carpets, rugs and their backing materials can emit VOCs when new and potentially throughout their life.

Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds

Benzene and formaldehyde

Some chemical substances found in scented candles can release VOCs into the air as they burn.

Benzene and formaldehyde

Dead Skin and disintegrated faeces

Cats, dogs and other houshold pets can spread this microscopic material around
the home.

Dead Skin and disintegrated faeces

Pollen

Plants and flowers can release microscopic pollen into the air.

Pollen

Outdoor air pollution

Sources such as tree pollen, particulate matter and vehicle exhaust fumes can enter the home and may remain trapped there.

Outdoor air pollution

Volatile Organic Compounds

Some indoor paints can use VOC's as solvents, which can be released as gaseous chemicals when they dry and potentially throughout their life.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds

Some household air fresheners can contain VOCs, which can be released alongside the fragrance when sprayed.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds

Gas hobs and the food cooking process itself can emit fumes and VOCs into the air.

Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds

Household cleaning products can contain volatile organic compounds that can evaporate into the air.

Volatile Organic Compounds

The air in your home contains more than you think.

Pollen and allergens

Bacteria and mould

Industrial and auto emissions

Odours and domestic fumes

Pet dander

Potentially harmful ultrafine particles

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