Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times greater in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that the majority of people spend 90% of their time inside, making it essential for homeowners to be knowledgeable about indoor air quality (IAQ) in London.

Many common household items contribute to inferior indoor air quality, like:

  • Chemicals found in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning products
  • Paint
  • Personal care cosmetics

The snug construction of today's houses also contributes majorly to poor IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are created to lower heating and cooling costs. However, they also stop adequate ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The result may be an increase of contaminants inside your home.

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

Pollutants within your house can bring on flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also is an important part of enhancing indoor air quality, because it reduces the level of indoor pollutants.