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 says that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it essential for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in the Niagara Region.

Many standard household things 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 new residences also contributes greatly to inferior IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to save on utility bills. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The result could be an accumulation of contaminants within your house.

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

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

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