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Jan 02, 2014
posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.
Some Experts' Opinions on Home Air Quality Testing
Some great reasons to consider indoor air quality testing.
When you hear the phrase “indoor air quality”, what do you think of? Dust?
Most of us don’t think often about the quality of the air in our home or office, but it can have a major effect on your health and wellbeing.
Let’s go into some of the hidden dangers that could be polluting your indoor air, and why experts recommend getting home air quality testing.
Mold and Mildew
We’ve all heard about the adverse effects of mold and mildew in our homes, but did you know it can be an indoor air problem, too? Humidity and warmth affect the rate at which mold spreads, and it can often become an airborne pollutant, spreading throughout your home.
When mold and mildew go airborne, they can cause health problems, including nasal stuffiness, headaches, dizziness, and even asthma.
Air quality testing can tell you when you have mold and mildew in your air, so consider it if you’re noticing any of the problems above, especially whenever you’re at home.
Dander and Droppings
Experts will tell you that dander and droppings are another huge contributor to in-home air pollution. It’s unpleasant to think about rodent and insect droppings floating throughout your home, or that human and pet dander could affect our health.
Yet these biological pollutants are often in our homes, and, when there’s enough of them, they can cause allergic reactions and breathing problems. Once they are identified in your home, they’re easy enough to treat, but the first step is to get an air quality test.
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, or chemicals that can more easily evaporate into the air. While many are not harmful, others are dangerous to humans or the environment. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health issues, including cancer.
Things in your home that contain VOCs include paint, glue, plastics, and things as common as shower curtains and printers. One of the most common is formaldehyde, which is in a lot of consumer products, including glues, smoke, textiles, plastics, and even some beauty products.
When you have VOCs in your air, you may experience symptoms like headaches and nausea. While there are home DIY test kits that claim to check for VOC contamination, professional air quality testing is the best way to ensure accurate readings.
Wondering about the air quality in your home? Talk to one of our expert dealers today.