Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be nearly 100 times higher in a building than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time in a building, making it important for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Columbia.
Many common household things lead to poor indoor air quality, such as:
- Chemicals found in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
- Cleaning chemicals
- Personal care cosmetics
The secure construction of new homes also contributes significantly to poor IAQ. Upgrades like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to lower energy bills. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outside air out. The result may be an increase of vapors within your home.
Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect source of some health troubles. Medical professionals have found that up to half of all sicknesses are tied or aggravated by indoor air pollution.
Pollutants in your house can cause flu-like symptoms like headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.
Enough ventilation also plays an important role in bettering indoor air quality, as it decreases the concentration of indoor pollutants.