Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be as much as 100 times worse 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 be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Boise.

Many regular household products contribute to inferior indoor air quality, such as:

  • Chemicals in parts of carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Paint
  • Personal care products

The snug construction of new houses also contributes significantly to inferior IAQ. Things like weather stripping and storm doors are installed to decrease energy costs. However, they also block adequate ventilation by keeping inside air in and outdoor air out. The result could be an accumulation of fumes inside your home.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health issues. Medical experts have determined that up to half of all ailments are linked or aggravated by indoor air pollution.

Vapors inside your home can lead to flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and respiratory sensitivity. It can also trigger allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also is an important part of bettering indoor air quality, because it decreases the amount of indoor pollutants.