Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

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

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

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

The tight construction of today's residences also contributes significantly to poor IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to lower energy costs. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping inside air in and exterior air out. The result can be a buildup of fumes within your house.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of various health problems. Medical professionals have found that nearly half of all illnesses are linked or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants inside your house can create flu-like illness such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

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