Indoor air quality matters, even if you don’t have asthma

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is vitally important for asthma sufferers to avoid attacks, but these days, it’s not just limited to those of us with respiratory issues. As consumers, we come into contact with thousands upon thousands of chemicals every day: some harmless, some carcinogenic, and the majority of which end up being inhaled. The products we use in our homes every day are the sources of most of these chemical exposures, especially in 2015 when Americans are spending almost 90% of their day inside.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States with over 25 million sufferers.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States with over 25 million sufferers.

Chemicals can cause asthma-like symptoms

Though you may not have to avoid chemical triggers for immediate reasons like chronic asthma or chemical sensitivities, studies show that limiting your exposure to volatile and carcinogenic airborne chemicals now can improve your health in the long run. According to OSHA, poor air quality in indoor environments can cause chronic illnesses in the future if not addressed right away:

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Also, some specific diseases have been linked to specific air contaminants or indoor environments, like asthma with damp indoor environments. In addition, some exposures, such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.

The building products we use in our homes and offices can have huge impacts on our air quality. Paint, insulation, varnish, and carpets are carcinogen and allergen hot spots in the average American home. While all of us were reminded from a very young age not to paint with the windows closed, there can be significant damage to our health even after we finish our project: off-gassing can release harmful chemicals into the air for weeks or months after the final coat has dried.

At IAQMatters™, we can assure you both as homeowners and building supply experts that there are many ways to remedy the possible chemical exposures in your home. Check out our list of Indoor Air Quality tips and tricks for products and practices that you can implement in your own home for fresher, chemical free air! We can match colors from any brand! Don’t choose colors over the safety of your family and pets. Our paints are just as good. Guaranteed!

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