Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be as much as 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 aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Pierre.

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

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

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

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of various health troubles. Medical experts have found that up to half of all ailments are tied or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals inside 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.