Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be nearly 100 times higher inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it crucial for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Waldorf.

Many common household items contribute to inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The tight construction of new houses also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are created to decrease heating and cooling expenses. However, they also prevent enough ventilation by keeping inside air in and outside air out. The result could be a buildup of contaminants within your residence.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health troubles. Medical professionals have found that up to half of all illnesses are linked or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants within your house can create flu-like illness such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also plays an important role in improving indoor air quality, as it lowers the amount of indoor pollutants.