Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

Many regular household products contribute to bad indoor air quality, including:

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

The snug construction of modern residences also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to lower utility costs. However, they also stop proper ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The consequence could be a buildup of fumes in your house.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health issues. Medical professionals report that as many as half of all ailments are tied or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants inside your house can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also plays an important role in bettering indoor air quality, because it decreases the concentration of indoor pollutants.