All About Testing Indoor Air Quality

Our health is dependent on the quality of air we breath. Most people spend almost 90% of their times indoors. Relying solely on HVAC systems to create and circulate healthy, breathable air. The thing about indoor air pollution is that you cannot visually see if it’s safe or harmful. The everyday air you breath inside of your home could be harmful without you knowing it. Even if you keep a clean and tidy household, indoor pollutants can still be lingering.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Symptoms

As humans, our bodies do a good job of naturally dealing with toxins and pollutants as we can heal ourselves from the common cold and flu. If you or other family members seem to always be sick on a regular basis, the air inside your home could be the cause.

Some Common Health Issues Are:

  • Headaches
  • Respiratory issues (asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, etc)
  • Coughing and/or loss of breath
  • Dizziness, confusion, or concentration issues
  • Skin irritation, itchiness, rashes, etc
  • Ear infections
  • Eye infections
The truth is, the air you breath could be the cause. Try to record how you feel when you are in your home or office, if you consistently feel sick in these environments but feel fine when away that’s usually a sign you need your air quality tested.

How Does Air Quality Become Poor?

Poor air quality can develop overnight or overtime. The most common sources are outdated construction materials, poor building design, HVAC design, previous water damage, consumer products, mold, insets, and pets. The amount of the pollutants in your air can be compounded by poor ventilation, which can turn into unhealthy levels.

Other Common Causes of Poor Air Quality Includes:

  • High humidity levels
  • Airborne dust problems, typically from poorly maintained ducts and ventilation sources
  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Combustion issues, high levels of Carbon Monoxide or Carbon Dioxide
  • Sewer gas leakages
  • Hidden water damage
  • Radioactive marble or granite
If you suspect you have an air quality issue in your home or office, the best way to determine if the air you’re breathing is healthy is to call us right away. We have specialized equipment to test for mold, asbestos, and other hazardous indoor air pollutants.