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housing, mcs, indoor air quality, dangers

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ExEx 14099


Consumer Sciences


Our homes should be a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the daily routine, but for many individuals, their homes are potentially dangerous. Many interior materials and products that are used every day emit chemicals into the air and affect the indoor air quality (IAQ). One reason for this problem is that we spend more time indoors within airtight buildings. Another is that our energy-efficient houses do not allow gases emitted from products to escape from the building. Thus, more of us are at risk of developing multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) because we spend the greatest amount of our time indoors in our airtight, energy efficient houses (EPA 1994, Pilatowicz 1995).