Reason you should test your air quality
Do you know what you and your loved ones are breathing in at your home? You may not be able to see it, but air pollutants are all around you. From dangerous mold to fumes from cleaning products.
Air pollutants often invisible. If you have allergies or asthma, or experience frequent headaches or nose irritation in your home, it’s time to discover the source of the problem to find a solution. Here are a few reasons why you should get a home air quality test.
Reasons To Test Your Air
Home air quality has as much to do with the comfort of your home as well as your health. Certain airborne pollutants can cause long-term health problems. Here are the most common pollutants that homeowners should know before conducting a home air quality test:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Dust & Dander
1. Carbon Monoxide
One of the first reasons to test air quality in your home is to protect it from potential dangers. Odorless gasses can harm both your home and your family. At the top of the list is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous odorless gas that occurs when fuel does not burn fully. While symptoms at first can be excessive tiredness, headache or dizziness, prolonged exposure can lead to death. An air quality test can help you identify if there are above average levels of carbon monoxide in your home. It’s also a good idea to install carbon monoxide detectors.
After a remodel or a simple paint project, a test for Volatile Organic Compounds is necessary. VOCs are emitted from paint products, aerosol cans and building materials. They are found mostly indoors and are a key contributor to household air pollution. If you have frequent eye, nose or throat irritation in your home, testing your air for your VOC level can be key in finding a solution.
A gas you can’t see, smell or taste may be found in your home, and is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., according to the EPA. Radon can be found indoors and outdoors, but most often, people are exposed in their homes. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, moving up into the atmosphere through the ground. Buildings then trap that gas inside, which is why it’s a particular danger for homeowners.
Whenever you’re buying a home, you should always test for radon with the help of a professional. If radon is found above average levels, they can help you find the solution to make it safe.
4. Protect From Allergies & Asthma
If you or members of your family suffer from allergies or asthma, an air quality test can show what you can do to improve the symptoms of each. According to the EPA, indoor air allergens and irritants play a huge role in the severity of an asthma attack. An air quality test can identify if there’s dust, pollen or pet dander in the air.
Dust, dander and mold are a common triggers. Even if you don’t own an animal, it’s still wise to test and see what might have been present in the house prior or, if you have a critter bringing it in.
5. Discover Other Harmful Materials
Airborne mold and formaldehyde are pollutants that can be found in the air, even though you can’t see them. Excessive exposure to these materials can lead to serious health effects such as lung disease, cancer or other long-term illness. If you’re buying a home, it’s a good idea to test for these materials so you can take the proper steps to remove it before prolonged exposure.
Improve Your Air Quality
Once you’ve discovered the pollutants in your home, it is best to remove them quickly. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your air quality.
- Have monotonous air duct cleanings
- Invest in an air purifier
- Have your HVAC regularly inspected
- Open windows when possible
- Clean and dust floors often
However, if you have your air quality tested and find the pollution is coming from a specific source, such as mold, get it removed ASAP!
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