Indoor Air Quality Testing
What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality Testing and Your Health
If you’re reading this, there’s a high likelihood you already suspect your home or business has an issue with its indoor air quality. Mr. Dry Services has provided Indoor Air Quality Testing in SWFL since 1999. There are many potential causes of poor indoor air quality and the only way to accurately detect the cause is through a thorough inspection and testing. The most common sign that you may have indoor air quality issues is the presence of an odor in your home or business. Determining the source of the odor is the only way to insure the root of the problem is addressed and removed. Aside from the fact that a detectable odor is unpleasant, it can also be unhealthy. Not everyone will react the same to different environmental contaminants. Factors such as age, or preexisting conditions like asthma, or other respiratory issues will cause individuals to react differently to pollutants in your home or business’ air. Symptoms can include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, nausea, as well as eye, nose and throat irritation.
The Importance of Your Indoor Air Quality
The HVAC system of your home or business is an essential part to creating a clean and refreshing atmosphere. Because these systems continually recirculate the air in your building, the quality of the air can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of yourself, family and guests, or employees and customers. If you have low air quality, you may suffer from higher moisture levels, hidden harmful chemicals, and microorganisms. Overtime, these factor can lead to higher risk of respiratory illnesses and various chronic conditions.
What are The 5 Most Common Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Mold, Mildew & Bacteria:
Mold, mildew and bacteria thrive in environments that offer warm, humid air. Considering we live in Florida, humidity and heat are prevalent nearly year-round. There are many potential sources of dampness in your home from leaking pipes under sinks, in your laundry area, in walls, your homes water heater, showers and tubs, and even leaks in your roof that allow moisture to collect in your attic. Your home’s HVAC duct work if not properly sealed is also a prime breeding ground for molds. The good news is this source of poor air quality can usually be found through visual inspection.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS):
Every home or business contains products and sources of VOCS. Perhaps you’ve installed new carpeting which leaves a noticeable odor that can last for weeks or longer. Installing a new shower curtain you will detect a noticeable chemical smell. Household cleaners, paint, furniture and combustion related appliances all are creators of VOCS. While most individuals will not be affected by these forms of VOCS, other far more dangerous carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and asbestos can also be present in your home or business. While asbestos is not used with the same frequency it once was due to its association with lung cancer, mesothelioma and other chronic conditions, older homes or businesses still likely contain asbestos. If you suspect you have an asbestos problem, do not disturb the source. Instead contact a trained professional like the inspectors at Mr Dry.
Dust, Dander & Pest Droppings:
Not as well known as mold or mildew, other biological agents like insects and rodents can also contribute to odors and health risks. Urine and droppings produce allergenic problems. It isn’t always as obvious as we don’t always see roaches, dust mites or rodents like mice. If you do, you likely have an infestation and should address immediately. All of these can create odors leading to respiratory problems. When a home’s HVAC system doesn’t function properly it can contribute to a rise in humidity. High humidity within your HVAC ducts will encourage the growth of mold, but also creates the perfect environment for dust mites and other pests to thrive.
If you know you have a problem with insects or rodents the solution likely involves the use of pesticides. While this can alleviate one source of poor indoor air quality it can lead to another. Because pesticides are toxic to begin with, their use, especially their improper use, can contribute to higher than normal levels of airborne VOCS.
Carbon Monoxide & Nitrogen Dioxide:
Any combustion appliance in the home such as a gas stove, space heater or fireplace can be a source contributing to poor indoor air quality. Carbon monoxide CO and nitrogen dioxide NO2 along with particle matter that enters your homes air space can cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath contributing to lung infections and emphysema. While NO2 produces as acrid odor, CO is odorless and can only be detected by having properly installed CO alarms or through professional testing.
Why Chose Mr. Dry Services?
As a family owned and operated business, owner Mike Brigandi wants to help you in every phase of the process in putting your home or business back together as new. Our trained and licensed staff are leaders in the industry in indoor air quality testing. Our equipment and skilled technicians will tell us exactly what the problem is and when we’re through, you can rest assured your home will be a safe environment for you and your family. If you find yourself in need of an indoor air quality testing company, please choose Mr. Dry Services a trusted family owned business in your community with over 30 years’ experience.