Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be nearly 100 times greater 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 knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Kingston.

Many common household things lead to inferior indoor air quality, including:

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

The secure construction of today's residences also contributes significantly to bad IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are used to save on utility costs. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping interior air in and exterior air out. The outcome could be an accumulation of fumes inside your house.

Bad IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of several health problems. Medical groups have found that up to half of all sicknesses are linked or irritated by indoor air pollution.

Vapors in your home can cause flu-like sickness including headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important part of enhancing indoor air quality, as it decreases the level of indoor pollutants.