Did you know that poor indoor air quality contributes to health problems in homes around the world, but very little is done to combate the health risks it creates? The air pollutants of homes cause 1.2 million people a year to die, and is the reason for countless illnesses. Poor indoor air quality in Lacey does not pose as much of a threat to our health as in developing countries, but if homeowners continue to do nothing to improve their indoor air quality their long term health will be affected by exposure to air pollutants. The first step towards a healthier indoor environment is a quick diagnosis from our HVAC technicians to assess the air flow, filtering system, and potential air pollutant contributors.
When to Call for Testing
If you suspect something is wrong with your indoor air, you should call for testing. What constitutes “wrong”? Here are some specific things to watch for related to your health:
- Skin Rash
- Eye Irritation
- Nose Irritation
- Throat Irritation
- Respiratory Irritation
- Chest Tightness
- Respiratory Infection
- Allergic Reaction
- Lung Cancer
When one or more of these symptoms recurs in your family without a clear cause that your doctor can diagnose, it’s a big warning bell that you may have indoor air quality issues to attend. When that happens, it’s time for testing and inspection.
Checking Your Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality problems frequently stem from a specific problem – either an entry point in your home where insulation fails or poor ventilation if the source is inside. The purpose of testing is to check for these problems and pinpoint specific ways to reduce the presence of pollutants and make you feel better.
Testing can be done for a number of pollutants including pollen, mold, mildew, bacteria, dander, dust mites, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, VCOs and other gases and bioaerosols. Specific testing will be done depending on the nature of your symptoms, the severity of the leak or exposure to that contaminant and the potential solutions your contractor considers.
If certain pollutants are found, filtration may not be enough to solve the problem – radon and mold especially require installation of new fans and air filters to reduce the effects of the excess air contaminants. Please call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.