30
Sep
2014

Air Quality in Your Home

Posted by henry in General Category

Many pollutants exist in the air today and are often researched for air quality results in the outdoors. It is important to also look at the air quality in your home since this is where most families spend the majority of their time. Humans breathe approximately 3,000 gallons of air each day; how much of this air is filled with toxins such as mould, dust mites and pollen?

There are numerous particle pollutants found in the air we breathe. Most of these are controlled by HEPA filters but some toxic spores can exist and long durations of exposure can ultimately lead to health issues.

Asbestos: Often found in older properties, asbestos has been used in materials such as insulation, drywall and other substrates. When disturbed, asbestos fibres can become an extensive and health costly issue.

Mould: Mould can often cause a musty smell in the air. Mould can also be detected visually but can also linger in hidden places throughout the property.

Radon: Radon is an odourless gas that can be found in the earth and is a natural by-product of uranium. When disturbed, radon can cause serious illness due to its radioactive properties.

Allergens: When a person is allergic to a certain substance in the air, it can disrupt the immune system and often leads to physical symptoms including asthma. Allergens that can be detected by an air quality test include dust mites, animal dander and pollen.

Testing is often a simple process that requires special equipment in order to collect an accurate reading. Various samples are taken inside the suspicious area and also outside for comparison.

Tests are studied by an accredited laboratory, which will analyze the spores under microscopes for counts. This process typically takes up to a week but can be rushed depending on circumstances for an additional cost.

Health Hazards: Indoor air contamination can lead to lung disease, respiratory tract infections, asthma and lung cancer. Those especially vulnerable to disease are people suffering from an immune disorder, children and seniors.

Extensive home issues often require a visit from an experienced technician, which will also look at determining factors that have caused the issue in the first place.

 


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