Just like our homes, vacation accommodations may have problems with indoor air quality (IAQ). These problems include the presence of mold and the volatile organic compounds found in some commercial cleaning supplies.
Considerations for Vacation IAQ
- Ventilation—Airflow affects how bacteria and chemicals travel through the air. When you arrive at your vacation destination, properly vent the rooms and check for unusual odors or chemical smells. Poor ventilation may cause a buildup of moisture and mold and promote dust mite growth.
- Outdoor Air—Depending on your vacation destination, the outdoor air can be hazardous to your health and affect the quality of the indoor air where you are staying. If you are in or especially close to a city, be sure to keep the windows closed during peak traffic times.
- Mold—Mold can be present in any indoor environment, creating potential health risks. You can assess this possible IAQ hazard by checking common locations for mold, such as bathrooms, sinks, walls and other places where moisture may be present. If mold is present, ask to be relocated or that necessary precautions be taken.
Remember that outdoor air quality can affect IAQ. Keep seasonal variations in temperature and the air quality of your destination in mind. Travelers can check the air quality of their destinations by visiting the World Health Organization’s air quality map.
IAQ Tools and Resources
- Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality
- Interactive Mold House Tour
- Facts About Mold and Dampness
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