Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times greater in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it critical for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Elkhart.

Many regular household items create inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The secure construction of new homes also contributes greatly to inferior IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are made to save on heating and cooling costs. However, they also stop proper ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The result could be an accumulation of fumes inside your house.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of several health issues. Medical groups have found that as many as half of all illnesses are tied or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your residence can lead to flu-like sickness like headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important factor in improving indoor air quality, because it lowers the concentration of indoor pollutants.