Although building manufacturing has improved by leaps and bounds over the years, poor indoor air quality is still a reality that can result in a lot of health problems for many. As such, it is important to separate the facts from the myths and do what is necessary to improve indoor air quality as far as is possible. Depending on the building and how it is being used, for example a corporate office environment versus a residential property, the indoor air issues will vary. For example, parking garages may have higher levels of carbon monoxide and propane, while living rooms may have issues with dust mites and pet dander. Added to the complex reality of poor indoor air quality, there are also misconceptions that continue to compound the problem. Below we address the some of the biggest and most popular indoor air quality myths and misconceptions.
Common Indoor Air Quality Myths
Myth #1 – Pollution is a problem for the outdoors
Nothing could be further from the truth. The air inside a building can be more than 10 times more polluted than the air outside that building. Add to this the fact that persons spend upwards of 80% of their time indoors, and it becomes clear how important it is to pay attention to the air quality indoors.
Myth #2 – Ozone generators are safe
This is simply not true. While Ozone generators do help to fight chemicals, odors, bacteria and other pollutants, the truth is, they also themselves release harmful substances into the air. Ozone should always be used under proper surveillance, which is the case when they are used in clinics or other medical facilities.
Myth #3 – It is very difficult to control and improve indoor air quality
This is also false. While it can be expensive to try and improve indoor air quality due to the kinds (and number of) equipment needed, it is certainly not difficult in the least. On the positive side, the monetary investment pays for itself over time.
Of course, there are many things that one can do to improve indoor air quality, including using green buildings, and using gas detectors and placing them close to the source of the gas, among others. If you would like to improve your home’s indoor air quality, we can help you do just that.