Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can be as much as 10 to 70 times more polluted than the air outside. After certain activities such as painting, the air can be up to 1,000 times worse
 

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality Include:

  • Smoke
  • Paint Fumes
  • Dust Mites
  • Household Cleaners
  • Pet Dander
  • Other Harmful Gases, Fumes, and Chemical Agents
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Synthetic Fabrics and Carpets
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Lack of Fresh Air
  • Construction Materials, such as Synthetic insulation

Overall Health Effects

Many of us experience some kind of air pollution-related symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing, or wheezing. Even for healthy people, polluted air can cause respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities. Your actual risk depends on your current health status, the pollutant type and concentration, and the length of your exposure to the polluted air.

People Most Vulnerable To Poor Air Quality Include:*

  • Children under 14, which are still developing their lungs
  • Active People who engage lungs by doing cardio activities
  • Pregnant Women
  • Individuals with long diseases such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Long Term Exposure To Air Pollution Can Include:

  • Loss of breath and/or lung capacity
  • Development of illness and diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and possibly cancer
  • Shortened life span

*Please note that all people can be effected by poor Indoor Air Quality, not just those of us listed above.
 

Some information used is courtesy of SpareTheAir.com, see here.


Did you know?

The Ontario Building Act made having an Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) System a requirement in every new home since January 1st, 2017
Learn more about Heat Recovery Ventilation here.


What is Sick Building Syndrome?

Usually referring to the workplace environment, Sick Building Syndrome is also relevant in our homes. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health considers Sick Building Syndrome as simply Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Sick Building Syndrome is when the building becomes sick (as the name suggests). Getting contaminated with viruses, and sickness of various types, the home or workplace does not have adequate filtration or ventilation to expel the pollutants, leaving the home or workplace as a breading ground for bacteria, viruses, and even mold. The cause of Sick Building Syndrome is the same as causes of poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

If you consistently receive some of the following symptoms when inside your home or workplace, it may suffer from Sick Building Syndrome.

  • Headaches and Dizziness
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Aches and Pains
  • Fatigue (Tiredness)
  • Poor concentration
  • Shortness of breath or chest tightness
  • Eyes and throat irritation
  • Irritated, blocked, or runny nose

Some information used is courtesy of NHS.uk see here.


What is a Micron?

A Micron is a unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter, 1/1000 of a millimeter, or less than 1/2 of 1/10,000 of an inch.

The following are some examples of micron sizes:

  • Oil Smoke - Ranges from 0.03 to 1 micron in size
  • Animal Dander is approximately 2.5 microns
  • Spores and Pollen are all larger than 8 microns
  • Mold Spores range from 10 to 30 microns
  • A human hair is 100 microns wide

What is Ozone, and why should I avoid it in my filtration products?

Ozone is a gas that occurs both in the Earth's upper atmosphere and at ground level. There is both a "good" and "bad" Ozone.

Bad Ozone - Ground level Ozone is an air pollutant that is harmful to breathe and it damages crops, trees, and other vegetation. It is a main ingredient of urban smog.

Good Ozone - Ozone is produced naturally in the stratosphere. But this "good" ozone is gradually being destroyed by man-made chemicals referred to as ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
Essentially, Ozone is good for our stratosphere, which is a layer of earth's protective barrier.

For more information about Ozone, read about it from EPA.gov