Did you know that the air inside your home could be more polluted than the air outside? It’s true! Many of us are breathing in harmful substances without even realizing it. These indoor air pollutants can come from everyday items and activities, such as cooking, painting, or even just sitting by a fireplace.

Indoor air quality - what are you breathing in? Infographic on indoor air pollutants

Common Indoor Pollutants

  • Carbon Monoxide: A byproduct of burning fuel, this colourless, odourless gas can cause headaches, dizziness and even be fatal.
  • Ozone: Produced when nitrogen oxides mix with sunlight and organic compounds, it can aggravate asthma and lead to breathing difficulties.
  • Lead: Although banned in paint and gasoline, lead can still be released into the air, affecting mental development in children and causing health problems in adults.
  • Arsenic: Found in industrial waste, prolonged exposure can harm your internal organs.
  • Particulates: Dust and debris from construction or cleaning can damage lung tissue when inhaled.
  • Methane: It’s not just a potent greenhouse gas; high levels can lead to suffocation.
  • Asbestos: This fibrous mineral can cause long-term lung damage and various cancers.
  • Benzene: Found in smoke, vehicle exhaust, and some household products, benzene can impair the immune system.
  • Sulfur Dioxide: Emitted from burning fossil fuels, it can exacerbate respiratory problems.
  • Radon Gas: A natural radioactive gas that can lead to lung cancer.

Protecting Your Home’s Air

Indoor air quality is something you can control. Simple steps like ventilating your home, maintaining appliances, and choosing low-emission products can make a big difference. Remember, what you can’t see can hurt you, so take action to ensure the air in your home is clean and safe.

Key Takeaways

Keeping the air inside your home clean is crucial for your health. Watch out for pollutants like carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulates. Be proactive about ventilation and product choices to protect yourself and your loved ones.

If you suspect poor quality reach out to the experts at Woodbridge GTA to help equip your home with the ventilation system it needs.

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