Is Your Indoor Air Clean? Take the Quiz

Dear Annie,
I am new to being concerned about indoor air pollution but I am pregnant and want to make sure I have a healthy home. How can I begin? –Alice, CA

Dear Alice,
Great! You are doing just the right thing for yourself and your baby. Why not take this new quiz: Think your home’s air is OK? What you learn from your mistakes will be a good starting point for you. Although this sounds self-serving I don’t mean it to be because I am trying to help, I’d also suggest you obtain (from the library?) a copy of my book Home Enlightenment (Rodale paperback, 2008). Or, try the Green Guide (National Geographic, 2008).


Jason Alder
Jason Alder3 years ago

Great quiz. My experience has taught me that air purifiers are great if you know which to get. In short, do not buy a ozone purifier as they have been verified by the EPA to be detreimental to your health. For allergies, a proper HEPA filter product will be the best air purifier you should get.

Janet M.
Janet M.4 years ago

Yes, indoor air pollution can be severe - you should take precautionary steps such as buying an air purifier. Get one with CADR ratings at least 100 in order to be safe. You need to guard against dust, smoke and pollen, and protect your family as well. Your children will thank you for it.

Thomas Glover
Past Member 4 years ago

The Environment Protection declared that Person's life 90% of the time is spent in the indoor environment, and that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than the outdoors. That poor indoor air quality can cause respiratory problems. Good news is that you can buy many air purifier models to improve the quality of air indoors. Read to look for the most suitable one.

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson4 years ago

To normal people, they stay over 65% of their time at home , on the other hand indoor air quality is much worse than the outdoors.TO clean dust allergens odors, and other airborne contaminants is very important to us, especially to an pregnant woman like you. I advise you consider to have an air purifier to help you maintain a better indoor air situation I recently began having respiratory problems and allergies.I have a honeywell air purifier in my living room and it works well. by the way the
way, I think the testing questionaire is too complicated, it is too professional and not very practical, I spent around 30 minutes to read that webpage. After all, Thanks very much for sharing this useful info

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby5 years ago


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Winnie A5 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

Good info, thank you

James M.
James M.6 years ago

Of all the places you spend time, your home is where you and your family may be exposed to the most potentially damaging pollutants. From cleaning and beauty products, allergens, dust, odors, vapors released from carpets and other textiles, and even from the water you shower in, you may be breathing low quality air that may be affecting your family's health. I recently began having respiratory problems and allergies. I installed a Austinair hm400 filtration system. Immmediately I noticed a difference in the way I felt. I actually felt the change in the quality of air in my home, and began sleeping better. I was actually amazed that I had not done this years earlier. Educate yourself on potential pollution in your home now and consider using "green" cleaning products.

J.L. A.
JL A6 years ago

helpful info.