Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times greater inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that the majority of people spend 90% of their time inside, making it essential for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in the Niagara Region.

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

  • Chemicals used in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Paint
  • Personal care products

The snug construction of modern houses also contributes majorly to bad IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to save on heating and cooling bills. However, they also stop enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The result may be an accumulation of contaminants inside your residence.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health issues. Medical groups have determined that as many as half of all ailments are tied or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants in your house can result in flu-like symptoms like headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also plays an important role in enhancing indoor air quality, as it lowers the concentration of indoor pollutants.