Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times worse inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that many people spend 90% of their time indoors, making it important for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Hilton Head Island.

Many standard household things cause inferior indoor air quality, such as:

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

The tight construction of today's homes also contributes majorly to bad IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are made to decrease energy bills. However, they also block enough ventilation by keeping interior air in and outside air out. The outcome may be an increase of fumes inside your home.

Poor IAQ can be a direct or indirect cause of some health issues. Medical experts report that up to half of all sicknesses are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants inside your home can result in flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

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