Indoor Air Quality

Summer 2005 CSANews Issue 55  |  Posted date : May 20, 2007.Back to list

Is the air quality inside your home up to snuff? Floors, carpets and upholstery can be major sources of bacteria, mould spores and allergies.

You may be concerned with losing money on heating or cooling costs, but a sealed house isn't always best – you need fresh air, too! Bad indoor air quality caused by high levels of humidity can cause non-allergic reactions such as headaches and allergic reactions, such as asthma.

Here are some ways to improve the air quality in your home:

  • Buy a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity (it should be at 30-50%)
  • Regularly clean and disinfect humidifiers and air-conditioners
  • Keep your home as clean and dust-free as possible
  • Get rid of mouldy surfaces by combining one cup of bleach with one gallon of water

Source: Health Canada