Poor indoor air quality is a common problem among homeowners. Stale and polluted indoor air can cause minor discomfort and can trigger allergies and respiratory problems. Luckily, there are some ways you can use to test your indoor air quality and help you breathe easy. From Withrow Mechanical, here’s your guide to breathing easier.
What are the common air pollutants?
Familiarizing yourself with the different pollutants is your first step before doing necessary adjustments. The most common causes of poor indoor air quality are dust and pollens. Cleaners, paints, and chemicals used for heating such as gasoline and kerosene also damage the breathable air inside your home.
Temperature and humidity trigger population growth of molds and mildew which bring allergy and breathing difficulties. Due to constant use of your appliances and heating system, there is a big production of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide which also pollute your indoor air.
Test your house for mold growth.
Mold testing includes comparison of mold counts outside your home with that of the inside. Molds are everywhere, so there is always a positive result on this test. However, if the result is higher than that of the outdoor baseline, it means that you have mold issue in your home. Musty odor is also an obvious sign for mold growth.
Pay attention to unusual symptoms.
This is a simple tip to test if you have a healthy indoor air. If you notice different unusual symptoms happening in your family members such as coughing, itching, dizziness, watery eyes, and rushes, perform home testing immediately. Allergies are commonly caused by concentration of dust or pollens. If you feel allergy symptoms when you walk in your home then disappears when you walk out, your indoor air has something to do with this.
Monitor indoor air using radon testing.
There are series of ways to perform short term radon testing, but the most available and frequently conducted by homeowners is the use of charcoal canisters. This is a low-cost strategy to test radon problems which may harm the breathable air in your home.
Healthy indoor air quality is necessary for your family’s health. Some effects of poor air quality may just be mild, but when ignored, may lead to major health issues. Luckily, there are simple ways to breathe easier!