Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

Many common household items create bad indoor air quality, including:

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

The snug construction of modern residences also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to lower energy expenses. However, they also block adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and outdoor air out. The outcome may be an accumulation of contaminants within your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of several health troubles. Medical groups report that up to half of all ailments are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants within your house can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important part of enhancing indoor air quality, since it decreases the concentration of indoor pollutants.