Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be as much as 100 times worse indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that the majority of people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it important for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Edmonton.

Many regular household products lead to poor indoor air quality, including:

  • Chemicals in parts of carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Paint
  • Personal care items

The snug construction of new homes also contributes significantly to poor IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are used to decrease heating and cooling costs. However, they also block adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and exterior air out. The consequence can be an increase of fumes inside your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of various health issues. Medical experts have determined that nearly half of all illnesses are caused or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants in your home can lead to flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also plays an important role in improving indoor air quality, since it decreases the concentration of indoor pollutants.