Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times greater indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association says that the majority of people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it important for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Tempe.

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

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

The tight construction of new houses also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to decrease energy costs. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping interior air in and exterior air out. The result could be an accumulation of fumes inside your residence.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of several health issues. Medical professionals have found that nearly half of all ailments are linked or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Vapors within your residence can create flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also is an important factor in improving indoor air quality, as it lowers the amount of indoor pollutants.