Indoor air quality refers to the air in and around a building and the health and comfort of the occupants. With so many of us spending most of our time indoors, up to 90%, between school, home and office. That’s why IAQ (indoor air quality) has become such a concern in recent years. It’s more alarming once you hear that the indoor air quality is on average 2x-5x more polluted then the outside air and as severe as 100x more polluted. Its no surprise that asthma and allergies have steadily been on the rise since the 1980s. Just to put the severity of the situation into perspective, the EPA has ranked indoor air quality as one of the top 5 environmental dangers.
Common signs and symptoms you have poor air quality:
The following signs and symptoms are indications that you have poor indoor air quality: headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, sneezing worsening allergies, asthma symptoms, coughing and/or sneezing, nausea, dizziness, eye, nose, throat and skin irritations.
Common sources of poor indoor air quality include:
The most common sources for poor indoor air quality include the following: tobacco products, mould or mildew, household cleaning products, scented products, pesticides and inadequate ventilation. Most of these can be easily avoided moving forward.
Easy solutions to quickly improve your IAQ:
Here are some quick tips to improve your IAQ and breath easier: suck up as many allergens and dust as much as you can using a vacuum with good suction and a HEPA filter. Ensure your fuel burning appliances are operating as efficiently as possible with a tune up by a qualified company technician. Use household products with low VOC’s and free of scents. Air purifiers and air cleaners are an easy and cost-effective solution to drastically improve your home’s IAQ. Improve ventilation, ensure your kitchen and bathroom fans are working properly and vented to the outdoors. HRVs are an efficient solution to exchange stale air in your home for fresh air outside. Humidifiers are another easy solution to manage humidity levels in the home and keep everyone breathing easier.
*sources: https://www.aafa.org/, https://www.lung.ca/, https://www.epa.gov/