You might assume that the quality of outdoor air would affect your health more than that of indoor air. While factors like pollution can affect your breathing, the reality is that it’s the quality of indoor air that impacts people the most. More than 9 out of 10 children live in environments where indoor air quality doesn’t meet established standards.
With all this said, you may be thinking, “How can I test the air quality in my house?” It’s actually easier than you think. Read on to find out how to help your entire family breathe a bit more easily.
What to do to test the air quality of my home
The first step is to buy an indoor air monitor. This will help determine if any of the symptoms you’re experiencing are related to the quality of your indoor air. Any indoor air quality tester should measure all of the following:
- Air Quality Index: This is an overall measurement of the possible issues associated with indoor air as identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Humidity: This will show whether mold is likely to grow in your home.
- Particulate matter (PM) levels: This measures how much dust and other allergens are present in the home.
- Temperature: You want your home to stay at a relatively consistent temperature for optimal conditions.
- Volatile organic compounds: These chemical pollutants are often the culprit of indoor air quality issues that originate from carpeting, building materials and furniture.
Check your health symptoms
Once you understand a bit about your home’s air quality, then you should track your symptoms. See if they’re related to a specific time of day or a certain part of the home. If, for example, your symptoms worsen when you go into the office, then it’s likely not your home’s air quality that’s the problem. Knowing what your symptoms are will also help narrow down the possibilities. For example, watery eyes and a runny nose are indications of allergies.
Invest in an air purifier
If you think that indoor air quality is a significant issue, then you will want to look into investing in an air purifier. These help those with respiratory issues breathe more easily, as they remove particulate matter (PM) from the air. Make sure to do your research on air purifiers before purchasing one, as some make dubious claims that aren’t backed by scientific evidence.
Talk to an air quality professional
Air quality professionals can be helpful in eliminating any problem, from mold to radon to asbestos. An air quality professional can help with duct cleaning, installing carbon monoxide detectors, devising a remediation plan and more. If you’re considering remodeling your home, an air quality professional will be able to perform testing to ensure that any project won’t lead to problems down the line.
Your go-to source for all indoor air quality matters is HealthSafe Inspections, Inc. Jim Baker is highly qualified for testing both residential and commercial properties for a range of indoor air contaminants as well as radon. Whether you need testing, consulting or remediation, we are ready to help. Give us a call today for a free quote.
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