Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be up to 100 times greater in a building 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 Winnipeg.

Many regular household products lead to inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The secure construction of today's homes also contributes majorly to inferior IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on heating and cooling bills. However, they also stop enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and exterior air out. The consequence may be an accumulation of fumes within your residence.

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

Vapors within your residence can result in flu-like illness 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, because it decreases the level of indoor pollutants.