Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times worse inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it important for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Clearwater.

Many regular household things cause inferior indoor air quality, including:

  • Chemicals in parts of carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Paint
  • Personal care cosmetics

The snug construction of new residences also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are made to save on heating and cooling costs. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping interior air in and outdoor air out. The consequence could be a buildup of contaminants inside your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health problems. Medical groups report that nearly half of all illnesses are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants in your residence can result in flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also plays an important role in enhancing indoor air quality, as it reduces the concentration of indoor pollutants.