Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

Many standard household items contribute to inferior indoor air quality, like:

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

The secure construction of today's homes also contributes greatly to inferior IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are made to lower heating and cooling costs. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping inside air in and outdoor air out. The consequence may be a buildup of fumes in your house.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of several health problems. Medical groups report that nearly half of all sicknesses are linked or worsened by indoor air pollution.

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

Adequate ventilation also is an important part of improving indoor air quality, because it lowers the concentration of indoor pollutants.