Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be as much as 100 times worse in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it critical for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Calgary.

Many regular household items create inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The secure construction of today's homes also contributes majorly to inferior IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are used to decrease heating and cooling bills. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The outcome may be an increase of vapors inside your house.

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

Chemicals in your home can result in flu-like sickness such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important factor in improving indoor air quality, because it reduces the amount of indoor pollutants.