Indoor Air Quality Testing: Why It's Important for You and Your Family's Health

Let’s keep our indoors healthy while enjoying the cozy lifestyle present homes offer us daily

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Matt Lyons


Jan 21, 2021

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For most of us, our homes are our haven, where we feel secure, comfortable, and relaxed. We all like to keep our homes clean and tidy; however, it is not just the visible dirt that we need to worry about. One often overlooked but crucial aspect is Indoor Air Quality Testing.

When was the last time you tested the air quality in your home? If you are anything like me, probably never! However, trust me on this one – it is essential for your and your family's health. And no, I am not being overly dramatic here – poor indoor air quality can cause respiratory illnesses ranging from allergies to more severe conditions such as asthma.

What exactly is Indoor Air Quality Testing?

In simple words - Indoor Air Quality testing helps measure the concentrations of various pollutants in your home's air supply, like mold spores, bacteria & viruses. An inspector will conduct a series of tests using specialized equipment to detect contaminants that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Why should you consider an Indoor Air Quality test?

Alright - let’s get real here! Even if you follow strict cleanliness measures (like me), there are certain factors beyond your control, such as your city's pollution levels which can impact indoor air quality by seeping in through doors or windows, etc., causing inside particles to count rising.

Also, other allergens could be present in your home, such as dust mites/ pet dander or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released from furniture/household items that could worsen medical conditions such as asthma or allergies.

On average, people spend 90% of their time indoors, which is why it becomes necessary to pay attention to maintaining healthy indoor-air circulation throughout our houses/apartments/offices, etc.

woman take a deep breathing

Signs You Need an Indoor Air Quality Test

Often we forget to assess or overlook lesser noticeable signs, and that’s where the actual danger is. According to Green Home Solutions, here are a few early indicators that you may need an Indoor Air Quality Test :

  1.  Increased allergies/asthma symptoms or frequent sinus issues.
  1. The appearance of mold in your bathroom/kitchen areas & weird musty smells.
  1.  High humidity levels lead to moisture damage like peeling wallpaper/walls or carpets.
  1. . Changes in breathing patterns and regular visits-which include medical attention/advisory – from children/elderly individuals with pre-existing individual respiratory health conditions.
  1. Nights I was spent tossing and turning instead of getting quality sleep. Lack of oxygen increases the carbon dioxide concentration in the air, leading to feeling suffocated/run down by noon.

The Benefits of Indoor Air Quality Testing

Now that we have established why indoor air quality testing is essential, let us look at some real benefits:

  1. Improved Health: Improvement in indoor air quality invites cleaner oxygen supply, thus providing immense health benefits like a decrease in allergens causing instances like skin irritation and stuffy nose being considerably reduced over time, allowing hassle-free breathing throughout.
  1. Cost-effective: Conducting an Indoor Air Quality test can be significantly less expensive than detecting any issues long after they negatively impact your health. 
  1.  Home value: Establishing healthy living spaces improves market competitiveness over other homeowners/sellers should one decide to sell the property later.
  1. Peace Of mind: You will not only be doing your responsibility for keeping additional pollutants away but also knowing what’s happening insight allows maintaining constant vigilance and finding/remedying issues timely 

In conclusion, maintaining good indoor air quality is vital to protect your and your family's health from harmful pollutants within our homes/offices, etc. With visible signs such as molds, dust mites allergens - determining early warning signs through Indoor Air Quality Testing and finding timely solutions can ultimately avoid severe health issues.

Physical and mental health is essential; hence, don’t wait until appropriate action is late. Let’s keep our indoors healthy while enjoying the cozy lifestyle present homes offer us daily!! In the comments, what measures have you taken or plan to do so? 

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