Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration 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 aware of 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 houses also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to lower energy bills. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping inside air in and outdoor air out. The consequence may be an accumulation of contaminants inside your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of several health issues. Medical groups report that nearly half of all sicknesses are caused or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants within your residence 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 bettering indoor air quality, since it decreases the concentration of indoor pollutants.