Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be up to 100 times worse inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that most people spend 90% of their time inside, making it important for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Daytona Beach.

Many standard household products contribute to bad indoor air quality, like:

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

The tight construction of today's houses also contributes greatly to bad IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to save on utility bills. However, they also stop adequate ventilation by keeping indoor air in and exterior air out. The outcome can be a buildup of fumes inside your home.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of some health problems. Medical experts report that nearly half of all sicknesses are linked or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals within your residence can result in flu-like sickness including headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

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