Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be nearly 100 times higher inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it important for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Alliance.

Many standard household products lead to bad indoor air quality, like:

  • Chemicals in parts of carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning products
  • Paint
  • Personal care cosmetics

The secure construction of modern houses also contributes greatly to bad IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on energy expenses. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The consequence may be an increase of fumes in your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health problems. Medical groups have found that up to half of all ailments are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your house can bring on flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also is an important part of improving indoor air quality, because it decreases the level of indoor pollutants.