Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be nearly 100 times higher in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it critical for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Belleville.

Many regular household products cause inferior indoor air quality, including:

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

The snug construction of today's homes also contributes greatly to inferior IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are created to lower utility expenses. However, they also prevent enough ventilation by keeping inside air in and outside air out. The result can be an accumulation of vapors within your residence.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health problems. Medical professionals report that as many as half of all ailments are tied or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Vapors inside your home can bring on flu-like sickness including headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important factor in enhancing indoor air quality, since it lowers the level of indoor pollutants.