Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

Many standard household things create bad indoor air quality, such as:

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

The snug construction of modern homes also contributes majorly to inferior IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to decrease heating and cooling bills. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping interior air in and outdoor air out. The outcome may be an increase of vapors in your house.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of various health problems. Medical experts have determined that nearly half of all illnesses are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your home can create flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

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