You may have heard of Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS) in the news, but you may not know exactly what that means or how it could be effecting you and your indoor air quality.
Sick Building Syndrome is a term that is used to describe a range of symptoms and health effects that are thought to be caused by the indoor environment, of which indoor air quality plays a huge part. People living or working in a sick building often suffer from symptoms like: headaches, dizziness, eye, nose or throat irritation, itchy skin, or fatigue.
The cause of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death has plagued curious historians and history buffs since the day his coffin was lowered. One popular theory is that he was slowly poisoned by poor indoor air quality caused from noxious arsenic fumes given off by wallpaper. Longwood House on St. Helena’s Island where the emperor was imprisoned, was papered in the fashion of those days with bright green wallpaper, the pigment of which was created with arsenic. In a damp, hot room, the pigment would have entered the indoor air quality and been breathed in as a toxic vapour.
There’s nothing nicer than the smell of a freshly cleaned home. If your home has a funky smell, or has developed one recently, you might be tempted to use air fresheners to improve your indoor air quality – but they might be doing a lot more to your indoor air quality than adding a pretty smell. Continue reading
A late spring this year means that the allergy season is still upon us. While we wait for warmer days to arrive, improving your indoor air quality this spring can have a significant affect on you and your family’s health and wellness. It may soon be time to turn on your air conditioning unit – but before you do, like mfany things around the home, some simple maintenance will help keep it running smoothly and improve your indoor air quality for the season.
Old homes can have many charming features – carved wood, old fixtures, fireplaces. But a beautiful old wood burning fireplace or stove can have a serious affect on your indoor air quality if it’s not kept clean and in good repair. Continue reading
A fresh coat of paint can be just the thing to liven up a room, and is often a quick, and easy, way of making a change in your home or business. If you live in a century home and are considering repainting, there are a few key things to keep in mind to make sure you maintain a high standard of indoor air quality both before, during, and after painting. Continue reading
When moving into or renovating an old home, keeping your indoor air quality free of contaminants is an important, and often forgotten, step of the construction process. Your indoor air quality isn’t just affected by dust, paint, or sealants, but can be very seriously affected by the materials used in construction itself. Many older homes and buildings were constructed when indoor air quality wasn’t a concern, and materials that are no longer approved for use may be polluting your indoor air quality. While lead pipes or knob-and-tube wiring can cause other serious problems, they don’t affect your indoor air quality. But asbestos does, and many older homes have it hiding all over the place. Continue reading
Spring is a great time for freshening up your home; giving everything a deep cleaning, doing repairs, and maybe retouching a wall or two – there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up a room. Spring is also a great time to be thinking about your indoor air quality, and many of these spring activities, especially room painting, can have a hidden effect on your indoor air quality.
It’s all around us – air. Comprised of nitrogen and oxygen and other trace gases, our atmosphere keeps us going, circulates weather, and transmits sounds and smells. But bad air, and therefore bad indoor air quality, is an increasingly dark part of the world we live in. One figure suggests that over 10,000 deaths worldwide occur every 24 hours because of poor indoor air quality and other negative factors in our environments. Unlike natural disasters, poor indoor air quality and pollution don’t come in with a bang – it affects you slowly, over years. As it can often be invisible, it can be ignored by policymakers and the media. Continue reading
We generally think of things that affect our indoor air quality as coming from outside or inside our home. Outdoor factors that affect our indoor air quality include pollen, exhaust, or other industrial emissions. Indoor factors, like a poorly functioning HVAC system, smoking, or cleaning materials can all contribute to poor indoor air quality. A recent study from the University of Calgary points out a growing indoor air quality concern in the form of a colourless, odourless gas known as radon.