Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

Many standard household things contribute to inferior indoor air quality, including:

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

The secure construction of modern houses also contributes greatly to bad IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to save on utility expenses. However, they also prevent enough ventilation by keeping inside air in and exterior air out. The result may be an accumulation of contaminants within your residence.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of some health issues. Medical professionals have determined that up to half of all ailments are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

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

Adequate ventilation also is an important part of improving indoor air quality, because it reduces the level of indoor pollutants.