Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times worse in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time inside, making it critical for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Cleveland.

Many regular household things create poor indoor air quality, like:

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

The snug construction of modern homes also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on heating and cooling expenses. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The consequence could be an increase of contaminants in your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health problems. Medical experts report that as many as half of all ailments are linked or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your residence can bring on flu-like symptoms like headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also plays an important role in bettering indoor air quality, because it lowers the level of indoor pollutants.