Indoor Air Quality. Alaskans spend a lot of time indoors. Unfortunately, indoor air can have even more pollutants than outdoor air. Activities like heating, cooking, bathing, and even breathing can all impact indoor air quality. Indoor air pollutants can be chemicals, gases, and living organisms like mold. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions.