Debunking Indoor Air Quality Myths & Facts


How many times have you thought about the air you’re breathing? Do you think about it at home? At work? Do you think about it when you’re out shopping? Probably not, but you should be aware that the indoor air quality (IAQ) in both residential and commercial establishments may be very poor, creating a potentially harmful environment. In an effort to help raise awareness, we have put together this overview of common Indoor Air Quality myths and facts that every person should be aware of.

Indoor Air Quality Facts:

Health Concerns of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor IAQ can cause a number of health problems, including: allergies, irritation of the eyes, skin, nose and throat, frequent headaches, sinus congestion, dizziness, nausea, hypersensitivity, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Some common air contaminants that may lower IAQ include: tobacco smoke, mold spores, dust, pet dander, dust mites and carbon monoxide among others. The number and types of indoor air contaminants will vary from one establishment to another. Your home will not have all the same contaminants as your local store, or nearby business.

Indoor Air Quality Myths:

Air Pollution is an Outdoor Problem

When people hear about air pollution, they immediately think of the outdoors. This is to blame for the popular myth that air pollution is mainly an outdoor concern. The truth however, is that the air in most buildings, including your home, is more polluted than outdoor air. In fact, IAQ is estimated to be 12 times worse than outdoor air quality.

Improving IAQ is Difficult

This is a popular myth but it does not hold any water. The HVAC system is designed to improve indoor air quality. All you need to do is hire a certified HVAC company to inspect your heating and air conditioning system. At Canoga Heating and Air Conditioning, we have certified technicians who can perform a Home Air Quality Evaluation to ensure the air you’re breathing is clean.

Ozone is Safe for Human Health

Ozone generators are known to produce harmful substances. While the device can be used to eliminate odors, bacteria and some chemicals, its by-products can be harmful. Since Ozone generators can help people with asthma, they should only be used under medical surveillance.

We can help you improve indoor air quality and make your home safer for your family, including pets.



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