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Why ventilate?
The Problem
The Consequences
The Sources of Pollution
The Solution to Improve IAQ

 

The Problem

Silent hazards to your health and home lurk in the air.  Studies show that the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of the average home can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air.*

Invisible pollutants produced by common household substances, plus dust and excess humidity that get trapped in today's houses, can increase your risk of chronic respiratory illness and your home's risk of serious structural damage.

*Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Consequences

Risks to your Health and Home:

Excess Humidity
Today's well-insulated homes often lack the ability to "breathe" freely.

Trapped, stale air and excess humidity can lead to mold build-up, unpleasant odors, condensation on windows, and even structural damage to your home. 

More than 50% of all homes show signs of high basement humidity.*

*Source: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

 

Dust, Chemicals, Aerosols and Other Common Pollutants
Pervasive irritants such as dust, dust mites, cigarette smoke and other pollutants commonly found in household air may increase the risk of chronic respiratory illness, allergies, sinusitis, frequent headaches, coughing and asthma.

The rate of asthma has increased by 160% over the last 15 years.*

*Source: www.aerias.org  

The Sources of Pollution

Primary Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

The word pollution is often associated with large clouds of smoke emerging from factory smoke stacks, automobiles, etc.

In fact, the majority of people blame poor indoor air quality on outdoor air pollution.

But this is not not true! 

Outdoor air pollution only counts for a fraction of indoor air pollution. 


These are the main sources of indoor air pollution:

 

ATTIC
Asbestos
Insulation
Fibreglass
Dust & dust mites 
BATHROOM
Excess humidity
Personal hygiene
products (aerosols,
sprays, etc.)
Mold spores
BEDROOM
Allergens
Carpet
Dust & dust mites
Pet hair and dander
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 
HOME OFFICE
Printers, photocopiers: ozone, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Melamine furniture (harmful vapors, VOC, formaldehyde)
GARAGE
Carbon monoxide (CO)
Gas
Pesticides/herbicides
Solvents
Dust
Paints & chemicals
Cleaning agents 
LIVING ROOM
Carpet
Fireplace
Dust & dust mites
Allergens
Second-hand smoke
Humidifiers
Pet hair and dander
BASEMENT
High humidity levels
Unpleasant odours
Mold
Carbon monoxide (CO)
Fireplace/smoke
Firewood
Radon 
BASEMENT
Solvents
Woodstove
Dust & dust mites
Combustion system
Paints & chemicals
Household cleaners
KITCHEN
Lingering odours
Bacteria
Cooking pollutants 

The Solutions to Improve IAQ

According to indoor air quality experts, filtration and ventilation are the two most effective ways of improving indoor air quality and eliminating harmful pollutants.

Filtration cleans the air through different methods to avoid circulating the same airborne pollutants while ventilation bring fresh air from the outside into the home to dilute pollutants and replace stale air.

The combination of filtration and ventilation is the best way to achieve optimal results.

See the products that can help with your IAQ

 

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