Is Your Indoor Air Quality Making You Ill?

The air we breathe can affect our health, comfort and productivity.

While we can’t do much about the pollution outside, we can do something about the pollution inside, where we spend 90% of our time. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be anywhere from 25 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air.

In our well-insulated homes and buildings, we lock in and recirculate pollen, mould, fungi, bacteria, viruses, dust and mites. We even add to the problem by contributing tobacco, wood or cooking smoke, pet dander, insecticides, toxins emitted from air fresheners, carpets, glues, household cleaners, paints, varnishes, press board furniture and much more. In fact, we breathe in about 50,000 of these pollution particles with every breath -- and we take 20,000 breaths a day!

These airborne contaminants adversely affect our health, comfort and productivity, as they lodge themselves in our mucous membranes and our lungs. Their symptoms can be short or long-ranging, including itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headache, fatigue, tightness of chest, shortness of breath and epidemics of colds or flu. They may even lead to the development of allergies, asthma and respiratory illness.

Based on an article by Caroline David, Five Seasons Comfort / Electro-Air Canada