The outdoor air in your home could be cleaner if you have a dedicated indoor dryer or if you live in an indoor pool.
But it is not just a matter of using a high-efficiency air conditioner indoors, experts say.
In a report to the Ontario Energy Board, Environment Canada said the new indoor air pollution standards will have a significant impact on outdoor air quality.
The agency is expected to issue its final draft of the new air quality standards this fall.
In addition to new indoor standards for particulate matter and ozone, the Ontario government will also require new indoor and outdoor air filters, including new ones that have the ability to filter out particulate air.
There is a “very large amount of work to be done,” said John Bagnell, senior manager for air quality for Environment Canada.
“It will be an issue in terms of compliance with the standards,” said Bagnel.
The air quality in the country’s capital has been in the black for years.
That was until Ontario installed the province’s first indoor air monitoring station in the city in 2006.
The city has since adopted the new standards and now requires indoor monitors at least 100 square metres in size for people of all ages, Bagnill said.
“We’re not just monitoring indoor air, we’re monitoring indoor noise and noise pollution,” he said.
In addition to requiring indoor monitors, the government will be looking to regulate indoor and indoor-outdoor air quality through new laws.
It is also expected to mandate an indoor noise reduction program and enforce penalties for those who violate the rules.
The government has also created a new department to look at how to make indoor air clean and safe.
The new Department of Environment and Climate Change will focus on “climate change and air quality,” said Kathleen Pardy, minister of environment and climate change.
The provincial government said the proposed standards would help ensure air quality is safe and that people have access to clean air.
“The government is committed to protecting Ontario’s environment and we have the most stringent standards in Canada for outdoor air,” Pardy said.
Pardy said the government is still working out the details of how to implement the new regulations, including setting up an outdoor monitoring program and enforcement.
In the meantime, the city is continuing to test indoor air to see how the new requirements will affect indoor air in its homes.
“There’s a lot of research going on,” said Pardy.
“This is just a first step.”