Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it crucial for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Grand Island.

Many common household things cause bad indoor air quality, such as:

  • Chemicals used in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Paint
  • Personal care cosmetics

The tight construction of modern houses also contributes greatly to inferior IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on heating and cooling bills. However, they also stop proper ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The outcome can be an accumulation of fumes in your residence.

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

Pollutants in your residence can create flu-like illness including headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also plays an important role in enhancing indoor air quality, as it decreases the concentration of indoor pollutants.