Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

Many regular household items cause inferior indoor air quality, like:

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

The tight construction of today's homes also contributes majorly to bad IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to lower energy bills. However, they also stop enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The consequence can be an increase of contaminants within your home.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health troubles. Medical groups have determined that as many as half of all sicknesses are tied or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your residence can result in flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also is an important factor in bettering indoor air quality, since it reduces the concentration of indoor pollutants.