Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times worse in a building 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, like:

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

The snug construction of new houses also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to decrease heating and cooling expenses. However, they also prevent adequate ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The outcome can be a buildup of vapors inside your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of several health troubles. Medical professionals report that as many as half of all illnesses are linked or worsened by indoor air pollution.

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

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