Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be as much as 100 times greater indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it essential for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Hillsborough.

Many standard household products contribute to bad indoor air quality, like:

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

The secure construction of new houses also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on heating and cooling expenses. However, they also stop adequate ventilation by keeping inside air in and outside air out. The outcome can be a buildup of vapors within your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health issues. Medical professionals report that as many as half of all sicknesses are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Vapors within your home can bring on flu-like symptoms like headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

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