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 the majority of 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, such as:

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

The tight construction of modern homes also contributes majorly to poor IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to lower energy bills. However, they also block adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The consequence can be an increase of vapors within your home.

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

Vapors within your residence 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, because it decreases the amount of indoor pollutants.