Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times worse inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it essential for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Richmond.

Many common household products contribute to bad indoor air quality, like:

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

The snug construction of modern houses also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are used to decrease energy bills. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping indoor air in and exterior air out. The outcome may be an increase of contaminants within your house.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of various health problems. Medical professionals have determined that up to half of all ailments are linked or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants in your house can lead to flu-like illness like headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also plays an important role in improving indoor air quality, because it reduces the amount of indoor pollutants.