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 aware of 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 chemicals
  • Paint
  • Personal care cosmetics

The tight construction of modern residences also contributes majorly to inferior IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to save on heating and cooling costs. However, they also stop enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The outcome could be an accumulation of fumes within your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health issues. Medical professionals 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.

Enough ventilation also plays an important role in enhancing indoor air quality, as it decreases the amount of indoor pollutants.