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Top Ten Indoor Air Quality Pollutants in a Home

Being aware of the pollutants and sources for poor indoor air quality is the first step to a healthier and safer home. specializes in indoor air quality assessments and supporting the health and wellbeing of your whole family.

Some of the leading indoor air pollutants listed below may be common sense. However, until you know the exact level of the possible pollutant and its source, it may be difficult to properly manage the indoor air quality in your home.

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1. Electromagnetic pollution or EMF’s. Electric and magnetic fields can be created by the electrical drop, electrical paneling as well as wiring in the home. Electrical components, gadgets and lighting also contribute to the EMF issues in a home.

2. Biological contamination. Mould issues from leaks, floods or even bathtub overflows can lead to mould growth issues affecting the indoor air quality. Sewer back ups can lead to bacterial contamination on surfaces and affected contents. Pets, including cat litter boxes can also contribute to E.coli bacteria in a home.

3. VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC’s can be generated by building materials such as insulation, paints, adhesives and laminate flooring. Furniture and contents as well as occupant activities can lead to a chemical off gassing issue which will negatively affect the air quality in a home.

4. Carbon monoxide. CO issues can be deadly. This is an odourless, colourless gas emitted by appliances that burn fossil fuels which are not properly vented.

5. Carbon Dioxide. CO2 is usually a result of poor ventilation. Most of the CO2 production in a home is from the occupants breathing. It is a measurement for how well your home is ventilated and how well it exchanges air. Odour issues as well as condensation leading to mould growth can be attributed to CO2 increases.

6. Dust and particulate. Airborne dust issues indoor can negatively affect the indoor air quality and lead to respiratory issues as well as sinus infections. There are a number of sources for high dust counts including poorly designed or maintained filtration system as well as building and design on the home itself.

7. Radon. Radon is a radioactive gas emitted by the earth’s crust. It can seep into basements and is a leading cause of lung cancer.

8. Lighting. Poor lighting choices including fluorescent lighting or unnatural lighting is a leading cause of SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

9. Humidity. The proper humidity balance in a home is key to preventing mould growth through excessive condensation as well as the general feel of the indoor air quality of your home. High humidity in winter months can lead to serious mould growth issues.

10. Sewer gases. Improperly maintained or designed plumbing drains can lead to a build up of sewer gases in a home.

The above is not a complete list of possible pollutants. More in-depth testing for air quality can be performed to determine formaldehyde levels or specific chemical components, bacterial species as well as a detailed mould growth and airborne mould spore assessment. Call us today

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