Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be nearly 100 times greater indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that the majority of 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 bad indoor air quality, such as:

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

The snug construction of new houses also contributes majorly to poor IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to lower utility expenses. However, they also stop adequate ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The result can be a buildup of vapors in your residence.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of several health problems. Medical professionals have found that nearly 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 inflammation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

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