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How IAQ Testing Can Help Prepare Your Home for Fall

Air quality is important to our health and well-being, and indoor air is oftentimes more polluted than outdoor air due to the stark difference in ventilation. Therefore, indoor air pollution is a common occurrence in many homes. The causes of poor air quality vary, but most often include airborne pollutants caused by pet debris, mold, gases, and other contaminants. Indoor air quality testing can benefit your home by facilitating your awareness of potentially harmful pollutants in your home. This is especially critical to take care of in the fall time, before most homeowners close their doors and windows tight against the impending colder weather of winter, which creates less ventilation opportunities for your home’s indoor air.  

 

Why IAQ Testing is Important

 

Indoor Air Quality Testing generally involves a IAQ technician collecting samples from your home—both air and hard surfaces, and implanting these findings with a computer generated air flow model of your home’s ventilation patterns. Below you’ll learn about the most commonly occurring indoor air pollutants that can be detected with IAQ testing.

Pet Dander

Excessive pet dander, along with other pet debris, are extremely common in pet-friendly homes; therefore, it’s important to be aware of the impact that pets can have on your IAQ. Pet dander is tiny, often microscopic, flakes of skin that can travel on and alongside pet hair. This can cause major buildup in your home and have a detrimental effect on your home’s air quality, especially for those who are more sensitive to pets.

Additionally, dander can get sucked up into your home’s ductwork, causing it to continuously circulate throughout your home whenever your HVAC system is running. IAQ testing can detect whether or not your home has a pet dander problem.  

Radon

This pollutant is a gas that is invisible, odorless, and radioactive. Sadly, it is responsible for many deaths each year. Radon is a naturally occurring gas and is present everywhere, but poor ventilation in homes can cause excess buildup of radon to deadly levels. With IAQ testing, it is easy to detect radon levels in the home, which can help homeowners decide if they need to increase ventilation, seal floors, or improve ground water filtration.

Carbon Monoxide

Like radon, this indoor air contaminant is colorless, odorless, and extremely dangerous. Carbon Monoxide production can be caused by improperly working HVAC systems, smoke, or any appliance that uses fossil fuels. The effects of Carbon Monoxide buildup can include nausea, headaches, or worse, death.  

Mold

Mold, which is often the byproduct of excessive moisture in the home, should be on every homeowner’s mind. If you find that you have standing water in any area of your home such as a basement or mudroom, you may have a mold problem; this can be detected with an IAQ test.

Mold can be inhibited by keeping standing water out of your home and maintaining humidity levels below 50%. However, keep in mind that a comprehensive mold inspection may require some destruction to your home, since mold often dwells in areas behind drywall or in the foundation. Mold can cause many health problems for those living in the home, especially for people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems.

We Offer Professional Indoor Air Quality Testing

 

If you suspect any of the above pollutants to be lurking in your home, then give us a call today. We provide the Solano County area with our exceptional HVAC service, repairs and installations, and are also the area’s leader in indoor air quality services.

 

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