Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times worse in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it critical for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Winnipeg.

Many standard household products lead to inferior indoor air quality, like:

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

The secure construction of today's homes also contributes greatly to inferior IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on heating and cooling expenses. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The consequence could be an accumulation of fumes within your house.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of various health problems. Medical groups have found that as many as half of all illnesses are tied or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Vapors within your house can cause flu-like sickness including headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

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