Research and evidence
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ), or indoor air pollution, is linked to a range of health conditions and is responsible for a signiﬁcant loss of healthy life years, loss of life and disease burden and the knock-on costs to the NHS, and the wider economy, are considerable.
UK citizens spend around 90% of their time indoors and around 16 hours a day on average at home. This means that their potential risk of exposure is many times that of pollution outdoors, especially considering that indoor air can be many times more polluted than outdoor air.
Poor IAQ has been linked to allergy and asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and more recently even investigated for its links to dementia.
The BEAMA Ventilation group established the ‘My Health My Home’ campaign to raise awareness of the problems arising from poor Indoor Air Quality and the resources on this page summarise the evidence.