Reasons to Have the Air Quality Inside Your Home Tested

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When you think about poor air quality, you probably think about the air outside your home. What you may not realize is that the air quality inside your home can be even more polluted than the air outside.

Polluted air in your home can lead to several health problems, ranging from asthma to allergies to other respiratory issues. This is why it is imperative that you have your home’s air quality tested by experienced HVAC professionals. You should have it tested before you move in and make regular testing a part of your home maintenance routine.

Protect Your Home From Allergens

Experiencing allergy symptoms, having difficulty breathing because of asthma, or dealing with respiratory issues is not enjoyable. You don’t want your home to be a harbinger of allergens. Having the air quality of your home tested can help you quickly identify allergens if they are present, including pet dander, dust mites, and debris from rodents. Once you identify the allergens in your air, you can work with our HVAC specialist to determine if indoor air cleaning would benefit you.

Protect Your Home From Radon

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that hurts your health and can eventually cause lung cancer. Indoor air quality testing can let you know the levels of radon in your home. There are do-it-yourself testing options. However, they lack the accuracy of having your home tested by professionals.

Protect Your Home From Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs are dangerous chemicals that can lead to migraines and other serious health challenges. If you are purchasing a new home, it is imperative that you have HVAC professionals test your air quality for VOCs. You don’t want to move into a home that the previous owner remodeled with dangerous products. An accurate air quality test to identify VOCs can help you determine what steps to take next.

Protect Your Home From Pesticides

Most people understand how dangerous pesticides are to their health. However, pesticides are commonly used to eradicate pests, like mice and termites, from the home. According to the EPA, three out of four households use pesticides at least one time during the year. To eliminate dangerous pesticide residue from your home’s air, you first have to know what types of pesticides are present. An indoor air quality test can help point you in the right direction.

Protect Your Home From Mold Spores

Mold can grow outdoors or inside your home. Spores float into your home via your vents, windows, and doorways. Or you might carry mold indoors on your clothing.

According to the CDC, if family members in your home are sensitive to mold, they may experience nasal stiffness, wheezing, coughing, throat irritation, and eye irritation. Interestingly, some medical institutes have found that people who are completely healthy can still experience respiratory issues if mold is present in their homes.

The primary indication of mold is visual. There is no need to do air sampling if you have symptoms of mold irritation and you can see mold growing in parts of your home. You know what the problem is and know the steps to remedy it. However, mold may be growing in places that you cannot see. Air quality testing can help in this situation by identifying whether or not there are mold spores present.

Protect Your Home From Lead

Lead has been used by humans since ancient times. The Romans used it, which likely led to many dying and getting sick.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, scientists began to identify the negative health effects of lead. In 1930, lead paint was banned in Europe for home interiors. By 1978, the use of lead paint was banned in the United States. If your home was built prior to 1978, there might be lead paint residue in your home.

When lead becomes airborne, it enters the body when you breathe. Air quality testing may be able to identify if lead is present in your home.

A Full Range of HVAC Services to Protect Your Home

At Greeley Plumbing Heating & A/C, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with a full gamut of HVAC services designed to protect their homes. Whether you need heating, cooling, IAQ testing, boilers, or thermostats, we are the HVAC professionals you should call in Glenwood, MN.

We are NATE-certified technicians. Our team will work hard to keep your air clean and your heating and AC systems running smoothly and reliably year after year. We would love to show you why we are trusted by countless businesses and homeowners for HVAC repairs, installation, replacement, and maintenance services. Call Greeley Plumbing Heating & A/C today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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