Even Alaskans spend the majority of our time indoors. Because we spend so much time inside, the indoor environment plays a critical role in our health. A healthy home supports good health!
Indoor Air Quality & Mold
OEH gets many calls about indoor air quality and mold specifically. Mold is everywhere in the environment, so we don’t recommend a test for mold. If you see mold in your home, we do recommend finding the source of moisture and fixing that before cleaning up the mold. Thoroughly removing the mold and keeping the area dry are integral to preventing the mold from returning. See our mold guidance for how to Get Rid of Mold!
Aside from mold, studies have shown that some air pollutants can actually be 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. We recommend using your home’s ventilation system to remove the old, stale air from your home and bring in fresh, clean air. Take a look at EPA’s website here to learn more about indoor air pollutants.
Education & Tools
OEH conducts “Healthy Homes Inspections” upon request. Often a healthcare provider will suggest this type of inspection if a patient has been experiencing symptoms that could be related to the conditions in the home. We’ve also developed an inspection checklist if IGAP staff or others are interested in doing these inspections themselves in the village.