Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times worse indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it essential for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in San Antonio.

Many common household things lead to inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The snug construction of modern houses also contributes majorly to poor IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to decrease heating and cooling bills. However, they also block adequate ventilation by keeping indoor air in and exterior air out. The result can be an accumulation of fumes in your house.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of several health problems. Medical professionals have determined that up to half of all illnesses are tied or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Vapors within your home can lead to flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also plays an important role in enhancing indoor air quality, because it reduces the amount of indoor pollutants.