Pollutants surround us every day, especially within the walls of our homes where toxins build up and become trapped. Whether you have allergies or not, it’s worth having an indoor air quality test performed to help you breathe easier. Here are seven reasons why:
- Combustion fumes: If you have a gas or oil-fired furnace, water heater, stovetop or fireplace, you could be subject to carbon monoxide poisoning. CO detectors are helpful in identifying a threat.
- Radon: Soil contains decaying radon-emitting uranium. While this gas normally dissipates harmlessly outside, it can become trapped in your basement if it flows through gaps in the foundation. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and an indoor air quality test is the only way to know for sure if your home has elevated levels.
- Asbestos: Older homes may contain asbestos insulation, a material that causes lung cancer, lung scarring and mesothelioma when inhaled. Having your home’s air quality tested is a good place to start. Then, rely on professional removal.
- Volatile organic compounds: VOCs are emitted by countless household products, from paint and upholstery to adhesives and plastics. Some VOCs give off a bothersome odor and cause short-term health effects while others are barely discernible and pose serious risks including brain damage and cancer. The primary VOC you should test for is formaldehyde.
- Mold growth: Mold causes nasal congestion, breathing problems and skin rash. Test for mold, seek professional mitigation and control moisture levels to keep future mold growth at bay.
- Dander and droppings: Pet dander and droppings from cockroaches and dust mites negatively impact indoor air quality. Good housekeeping and ventilation are your best allies to alleviate these problems.
- Pesticides: While it may seem logical to eradicate rodents and pests with pesticides, their inherently toxic nature can add to the existing VOCs in your home. Also, improperly stored pesticide bottles or residue tracked into the home from a treated lawn can raise interior pesticide levels. Opt for chemical-free alternatives to lower your exposure.
To learn more about having an indoor air quality test performed contact Roth Heating & Cooling in Portland.