What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Did you know that you’re more likely to breathe in pollutants in your home than outside? Significant levels of the harmful pollutants that we’re exposed to every day come from poor indoor air quality, and that includes your own home. So if you and your loved ones spend a big chunk of the day cooped up at home, it may be time to incorporate some more fresh air into your routine. Here are a few of the more common culprits for causing poor indoor air quality.


From the disinfectant cleaners to your laundry detergent, to the air freshener that makes your home feel like a tropical paradise – it all adds up to some hefty chemicals lingering throughout your home. In office buildings, even the frequent use of everyday office supplies all contribute to polluting the air you’re breathing.


Even the less obvious sources such as your furniture and the fabrics and chemicals woven into them. Along with other household building materials, these all contribute to the overall combination of chemical compounds that can make your indoor air quality harmful.

Poor Ventilation

The presence of chemicals, combined with poor ventilation can intensify the levels of harmful elements in the air. Areas and rooms with no windows, such as basements that have very restricted airflow, are what you should be particularly cautious about. Improper ventilation can also allow moisture to seep in and dust particles to flourish. Poor ventilation of appliances such as laundry dryers can even be a fire hazard.

Mold and Mildew

When buildings and rooms don’t have a decent amount of fresh airflow allowing proper ventilation, this can provide an easy environment for mold and mildew spores to develop and thrive. As homes are sealed shut, especially in combination with forced airflow from air conditioners, this can foster allergies and many other harmful health effects over time.

If you spend the majority of your days indoors, nothing is as important as improving indoor air quality. As safe as you may think your home is, the degree to which you are exposed to poor – and in some cases, harmful – air quality might make you feel more motivated to take that refreshing walk outside during lunchtime.

And since chemicals and poor ventilation are a common attribute often of where we live and work, it’s imperative to make it a priority to reduce and avoid the presence of chemicals when you can. That means opting for natural and biodegradable products and household cleaners whenever possible. Keep your indoor air clean by avoiding chemicals and cracking that window more often for a little fresh air.

Are you concerned about indoor air quality? Gas Man can help. We service and sell a range of indoor air quality products, including air purifiers, bypass humidifiers, steam humidifiers, and filters. We also offer indoor air quality inspections, indoor air quality control, and emergency air quality services.

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  1. Poor indoor air quality can affect your health, I write a blog on this topic as well http://safetyon.ca/blog/factors-that-can-lead-to-poor-indoor-air-quality-in-the-workplace

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