Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be as much as 100 times worse in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time inside, making it essential for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Toronto.
Many standard household things lead to poor indoor air quality, like:
- Chemicals in parts of carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
- Cleaning sprays
- Personal care products
The tight construction of today's homes also contributes majorly to bad IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on energy bills. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The outcome can be an increase of vapors within your home.
Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of some health issues. Medical groups have found that as many as half of all sicknesses are linked or irritated by indoor air pollution.
Chemicals within your house can create flu-like sickness like headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.
Enough ventilation also plays an important role in bettering indoor air quality, as it decreases the amount of indoor pollutants.