Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be nearly 100 times greater indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that the majority of people spend 90% of their time inside, making it important for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Raleigh.

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

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

The tight construction of new residences also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are used to lower heating and cooling bills. However, they also prevent enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The outcome could be an increase of vapors in your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of various health problems. Medical groups have found that nearly half of all sicknesses are tied or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Vapors in your home can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also is an important factor in bettering indoor air quality, as it decreases the level of indoor pollutants.