Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be nearly 100 times higher inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it critical for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Mobile.

Many standard household things create inferior indoor air quality, including:

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

The secure construction of today's homes also contributes significantly to inferior IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to save on energy bills. However, they also prevent enough ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The result can be an increase of fumes inside your residence.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of several health problems. Medical groups report that up to half of all sicknesses are tied or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Vapors within your residence can result in flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also is an important factor in improving indoor air quality, because it reduces the concentration of indoor pollutants.