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How is indoor air quality impacting your health?

As the pandemic continues, the summer approaches and we’re spending more time at home than ever – whether it’s working or homeschooling – our indoor air quality is feeling the difference.

It’s not just the air outside, after all, that we have to be wary of; approximately 3.8 million people around the world die every year as a result of indoor air pollution, according to the World Health Organization. The better the air quality, the better our health and quality of life.

So it’s important to consider how to measure and maintain it to ensure it’s helping us thrive in our homes, rather than making us sick – at a particularly inopportune time.

Take the quiz below to test your knowledge on the health impacts of indoor air quality, and to find some helpful hints on maintaining a clean environment.

  • Question of

    What are the most common causes of poor air quality?

    • Mould or Water leaks
    • Broken or improperly vented combustion appliances (ex. your furnace or stove)
    • Products that can release chemicals into the air (ex. paint, varnish)
    • All of the above
  • Question of

    Every home should have what?

    • A carbon monoxide alarm and a smoke detector
    • An air quality monitor and a smoke detector
    • A thermostat and a water alarm
    • A carbon monoxide alarm and an air quality monitor
  • Question of

    Carbon monoxide, which can only be detected with a certified alarm, is a gas that cannot be:

    • Seen
    • Tasted
    • Smelled
    • All of the above
  • Question of

    Does indoor air quality tend to be worse in the summer or winter?

    • In the summer, due to rising humidity
    • In the winter, due to little fresh air flow from the outdoors
  • Question of

    What does poor indoor air quality lead to?

    • Indigestion, poor gut health
    • Obesity
    • Asthma flare-ups, allergy symptoms, respiratory inflammation
    • Poor oral health
  • Question of

    Do indoor plants help or hinder healthy indoor air?

    • Yes, because they release oxygen into the air, injecting freshness into the space
    • No, because they can collect and foster the growth of mould, triggering allergies
  • Question of

    What are some common indoor air pollutants?

    • Radon
    • Nitrogen dioxide
    • Secondhand smoke
    • All of the above
  • Question of

    How quickly should water damage in a home be addressed in order to prevent mould growth?

    • 72 Hours
    • Immediately
    • 48 Hours
    • Within five days
  • Question of

    What are the best ways to promote healthy indoor air?

    • Leaving windows open 24/7 to allow fresh air into the home
    • Air conditioning to help circulate the air and reduce humidity
    • Vacuuming, clearing clutter, washing bedding and drapery
    • Bringing plant life inside to bring fresh oxygen into the home
  • Question of

    What is the best tool for improving indoor air quality and any allergy symptoms?

    • Dehumidifier
    • Humidifier
    • Diffuser
    • Air purifier
  • Question of

    If you’re experiencing a dry throat, flaky skin, or breathing problems, you should opt for:

    • A beverage
    • A humidifier
    • A dehumidifier
    • A new skincare routine
  • Question of

    What does indoor air quality entail?

    • Adequate ventilation
    • Controlling the source of a pollutant
    • Comfortable temperature and humidity levels
    • All of the above

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