Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be nearly 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it critical for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Edmonton.

Many standard household things contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as:

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

The tight construction of new houses also contributes majorly to inferior IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on utility costs. However, they also block adequate ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The outcome may be a buildup of fumes inside your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of some health issues. Medical experts have determined that up to half of all illnesses are linked or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants within your house can create flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also plays an important role in bettering indoor air quality, because it decreases the level of indoor pollutants.