Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be as much as 100 times greater inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it critical for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Denver.

Many regular household items create bad indoor air quality, including:

  • Chemicals found in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Paint
  • Personal care items

The tight construction of modern residences also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are made to lower energy costs. However, they also stop adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The outcome may be an increase of vapors inside your house.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of several health problems. Medical groups have found that nearly half of all sicknesses are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals within your residence can create flu-like sickness like headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

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