Do You Know What’s in Your Home’s Air?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big problem, but there are things you can do to improve it.
Do you know what’s in your home’s air? The fact is, many people may think they do, but they actually don’t. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big problem. Poor IAQ can aggravate allergies, lead to your family getting sick more often, or just make it flat-out harder to breathe. There is some good news, there are things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality and to reduce allergens and other pollutants.
Let’s start with the basics.
Before we can dive into what may be in your home’s air, we should first review what indoor air quality is, what causes it, and how it can affect you and your family.
Indoor Air Quality: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants (EPA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified poor indoor air quality as both a short- and long-term health risk to American homeowners. Poor indoor air quality and household pollutants can come from various sources. Even if you don’t suspect a problem, it’s a good idea to have some type of air quality monitor in the home or to have an indoor air quality test. Many experts believe that poor indoor air quality is a major contributor to indoor allergy symptoms, the spread of illness, and poor breathing.
Cause of Poor Indoor Air Quality: When you hear the phrase “poor air quality,” what do you think of? Most people tend to think of freeways and smog in the city; however, some of the worst air quality is actually in your own home. What’s in your home’s air directly impacts the IAQ. Poor IAQ can be caused by numerous things. According to the EPA, some sources, such as building materials, furnishings and products like air fresheners, can release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities like smoking, cleaning, redecorating or doing hobbies release pollutants intermittently. Unvented or malfunctioning appliances or improperly used products can release higher and sometimes dangerous levels of pollutants indoors.
Why Indoor Air Quality Matters: Poor indoor air quality has been linked to continued sickness, reduced productivity, and impaired learning and thought processes. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. IAQ can directly impact the health and well being of people who are in your home. There can be short-term and long-term effects. Immediate effects typically are similar to those of colds and other viral infections, while some long-term effects may include respiratory diseases, heart disease, cancer, and more.
How do I find out what is in my home’s air?
An indoor air quality test can help you determine what is in the air that you and your family are breathing. This test measures the quality of your indoor air and measures the air for things such as allergens, mold and mildew, pet dander, radon, and other pollutants. These tests can show whether the quality of your indoor air is either safe or dangerous.
Find out what’s in your Western New York home’s air. For a complete assessment of what’s in your home’s air, along with detailed, personalized recommendations on how you can improve it, contact Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC to schedule an indoor air quality test.
With our help, you can remove these contaminants from your home’s air: viruses, bacterial, mold particles, dust, pollen, pet dander, and more.
Ready to learn more or to get started on the path to better, easier-to-breathe air? Call us today or fill out the form to contact us online.