Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be as much as 100 times worse in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it essential for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in the Wasatch Front region.

Many common household things create inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The secure construction of today's homes also contributes greatly to bad IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are made to decrease heating and cooling bills. However, they also prevent adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The result could be an increase of vapors in your residence.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of several health issues. Medical experts report that as many as half of all ailments are linked or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your house can create flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also plays an important role in bettering indoor air quality, as it lowers the level of indoor pollutants.