Why worry about indoor air quality? Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors where concentrations of some indoor pollutants can be two to five times more potent than what is commonly found outside! Breathing poor indoor air can have both short and long term effects on the health of the occupants. Inferior indoor air quality may also affect the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have dangerous effects on your short term health. Indoor air may contain toxins known as Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s, which are emitted from carpets, furniture and even some indoor air sprays and certain cosmetics. If any of your home appliances or comfort systems are malfunctioning, it’s also possible you could have undetectable carbon monoxide. (A side note: It’s smart to install a carbon monoxide detector along with smoke detectors in your home.)
Some short term health concerns of poor IAQ are: