Let’s face it – air quality is usually an afterthought for many homeowners – or something that they don’t understand in detail. In times when the number of allergies, contaminants, diseases and disorders is growing, every homeowner needs to realize that most of these are coming from their indoor air quality.
So, it is safe to say that air quality is an important aspect of home safety. Harmful chemicals, toxic agents and other contaminants can easily spread throughout the air and can begin to impact your health over time.
5 Ways To Know If Your Indoor Air Quality Is Bad
Before you start taking action on this issue, you need to check the quality of your indoor air. That way, you will also know if you have succeeded in improving it after you take action. Below, we are listing five great steps to do that.
Do Air Quality Tests Yourself
If you decide to do air quality tests yourself instead of hiring a professional, you need to purchase an air quality monitor. There are so many devices available on the market nowadays – from ones to check the PM2.5 levels (tiny dust particles) to VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), temperature and humidity devices.
Ideally, you should look for an indoor air device that has most of these features and one that is manufactured by a reliable brand. You also need to check for signs and symptoms of mould by using your eyes and nose by looking around for visible signs of mould (growing black spots, water spots or damp areas) and noticing smells.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors On Every Floor In Your Home
Another nice alternative is to install carbon monoxide detectors. This harmful gas is odorless, colorless, tasteless and can be a byproduct of many different appliances found in your home (stoves, hot water heaters, grills and fireplaces).
Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor in your home to alert you if there are any high levels of CO in your home. Just place them close to your bedrooms so that you are more likely to hear the alarm when sleeping – and make sure to change their batteries regularly.
Perform A Radon Test
Radon is one of the radioactive gases that occurs naturally as uranium breaks down. It can be found in the soil and in well water. There are many cases of radon infiltration in people’s homes around Australia.
The only way to prevent contamination from radon is to test for it. Whether you decide to purchase a DIY radon test or hire a professional to do proper radon testing, the most important thing is to actually do the radon measurement as soon as you can.
If you want to learn more about Radon, its dangers and testing it, download our ebook.
Use Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are machines that can be very useful when it comes to improving the indoor air quality in your home or office. They are great for people who are suffering from allergies and they serve as one of the most effective ways to remove the dust particles and other allergens from the air (usually in a more efficient way than filtered purifiers).
Just place an air purifier in your bedroom if you want to see the best results. This will also give you a longer period of exposure to the benefits of the device.
Get Professional Help
In most of the cases, hiring a professional to test the air quality in your home is the best-case scenario. Wondering why?
First of all, a professional can approach your indoor air quality from many angles. From radon to mould, dust and allergens, they can see every potential issue while inspecting the indoor environment. Also, getting an official test result is best done by a professional. This way, you can double check that your indoor air quality is at the right levels and prevent potential contamination, trirggering of allergies, and other health issues.
Pollution Happens Both Outside And Inside Your Home
People tend to think of air pollution as something that is located outside. Smog, ozone or haze that is hanging in the air are the most common misconceptions.
The truth is that air inside our homes, offices and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. It can be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, volatile chemicals, or contaminants from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.
We are all sensitive to indoor pollutants. Some of the most sensitive types of people include children, asthma sufferers and the elderly, to which the health disorders may appear years later, as a result of repeated exposure.
Ready To Get Your Indoor Air Tested By A Professional?
Getting your air tested is the best preventative measure to help you determine the causes of indoor air pollution – and how to control the entire situation. At Simon Air Quality, we specialize in indoor quality tests that are affordable and tailored to your needs.
Now is the right time to improve your indoor air quality with a professional, don’t you think?
If yes is your answer, contact us today and let’s schedule a test!