Interview with Certified Respiratory Expert, Chris Haromy

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Self Assessment Quiz for Indoor Air Quality

1. I have mould in some of my rooms, like the basement. Yes/No

No: If you answered no, that's great! Mould can contribute significantly to poor indoor air quality and is dangerous for lung health.

Yes: If you answered yes, click here to find out how to get rid of mould. Mould can contribute significantly to poor indoor air quality and is dangerous for lung health.

2. Sometimes I find condensation around my window sills. Yes/No

No: If you answered no, you likely have a balanced amount of moisture in your home. Condensation found on windows is a sign that there is too much moisture inside your home.

Yes: If you answered yes, you have too much moisture in your home. High moisture levels means the humidity level is also high and there is most likely poor ventilation indoors. This can encourage mould to grow, causing health problems and damaging your home.

3. I use air fresheners to improve the air quality in my home. Yes/No

No: If you answered no, that's good! Air fresheners do not solve the problem – they simply mask one odour with another. Air fresheners may contain harmful chemicals and generally should be avoided.

Yes: If you answered yes, you should know air fresheners do not solve the problem – they simply mask one odour with another. Air fresheners may contain harmful chemicals and generally should be avoided.

4. My mirror steams up whenever someone takes a bath or shower. Yes/No

No: If you answered no, you're doing well. Once you see condensation and moisture on your bathroom window, mirror, or shower stall regularly, it is time to take action to prevent mould and mildew growth from occurring.

Yes: If you answered yes, this means your bathroom has too much moisture and is at risk for mould and mildew growth. Once mould grows in your bathroom, this can lead to allergies and other health problems for everyone in the home. Click here to learn how to prevent moisture in your bathroom.

5. I see cracks forming on my basement walls or concrete floor. Yes/No

No: If you answered no, your basement has a lower probability of radon getting into your home. However, you should still test your home for radon since it is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Yes: If you answered yes, radon may be seeping into your basement and home through these cracks and building up to dangerous levels without you knowing it. Click here to learn more about radon and how to test for it.

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