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 says that most people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it critical for homeowners to know about indoor air quality (IAQ) in Ocala.

Many regular household products cause bad indoor air quality, including:

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

The snug construction of new houses also contributes majorly to poor IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are created to decrease energy costs. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The outcome could be an increase of fumes in your home.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of several health issues. Medical groups have found that as many as half of all sicknesses are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Vapors in your house can create flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Proper ventilation also is an important part of improving indoor air quality, since it lowers the level of indoor pollutants.