Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times worse indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it critical for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Champaign.

Many common household items lead to inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The secure construction of modern homes also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Enhancements like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to save on heating and cooling bills. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping inside air in and outside air out. The result could be an accumulation of fumes within your home.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of various health issues. Medical groups report that as many as half of all illnesses are tied or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Chemicals within your home can result in flu-like sickness such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Enough ventilation also is an important factor in bettering indoor air quality, since it reduces the level of indoor pollutants.