Indoor air quality and health

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is linked to a range of health conditions such as allergy and asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and more recently even investigated for its links to dementia. We spend around 90% of our time indoors and around 16 hours a day on average at home. This means that the 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.



For the past five years, BEAMA has run a public awareness campaign entitled My Health My Home. The campaign aims to raise householder, and house builder, awareness of the potential impacts of poor indoor air quality on human health and the importance of effective ventilation in managing indoor air quality. It also draws attention to the impact that certain behaviours, household products, furnishings and building materials can have in relation to levels of pollution inside homes.

My Health My Home has been widely featured in the media, including the Guardian, the Observer, the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mirror as well as on This Morning and the ITV News.

The campaign has a range of useful resources, including guides, research and expert insight. You can access all of this through our two dedicated websites below:

Twitter: @MyHealthMyHome

Learn more about our specific initiatives here:

Learn more about indoor air quality and ventilation here: