Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be nearly 100 times higher inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association found 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 Pierre.

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

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

The snug construction of today's residences also contributes significantly to poor IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are used to lower energy expenses. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping interior air in and exterior air out. The result could be an increase of fumes in your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of various health troubles. Medical professionals have determined that up to half of all ailments are linked or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your home can bring on flu-like illness including headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

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