Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be up to 100 times greater inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it crucial for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Kansas City.

Many standard household items create poor indoor air quality, such as:

  • Chemicals used in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Paint
  • Personal care products

The secure construction of new residences also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to decrease heating and cooling expenses. However, they also prevent enough ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The outcome can be an accumulation of fumes within your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of several health issues. Medical experts report that as many as half of all illnesses are linked or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals in your residence can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also is an important part of improving indoor air quality, since it reduces the amount of indoor pollutants.