Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times greater inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it important for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Charlotte.

Many common household things create bad indoor air quality, including:

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

The snug construction of new homes also contributes majorly to inferior IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are made to decrease heating and cooling expenses. However, they also stop proper ventilation by keeping interior air in and exterior air out. The consequence can be an accumulation of vapors inside your house.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of various health issues. Medical professionals report that as many as half of all ailments are caused or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals within your home can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

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