Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be nearly 100 times greater in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it critical for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Concord.

Many common household items cause poor indoor air quality, like:

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

The tight construction of new homes also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are used to decrease energy expenses. However, they also stop adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The consequence can be an increase of vapors inside your home.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health troubles. Medical professionals have determined that up to half of all sicknesses are tied or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Vapors within your house can lead to flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important part of improving indoor air quality, as it decreases the amount of indoor pollutants.