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Indoor Air Quality Test

Many homeowners and business owners are unaware that their indoor air quality (IAQ) can be vastly worse than the surrounding outdoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can lead to unpleasant smells and even cause health problems for your family or staff. Fortunately, we at Environmental Testing Solutions are here to serve the Aurora, Colorado area with professional air quality testing.

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Why Test Your Indoor Air Quality?

It’s important to have your IAQ evaluated to maintain a healthy environment in your home or business. The cumulative effect of all the chemicals and gases used in a home or business paired with potentially harmful organisms like mold and pests can lead to health issues;

  • Headaches
  • Worsened allergies
  • Irritation of your eyes, nose, or throat
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Loss of coordination
  • Organ failure
  • Nervous system damage
  • Cancer, and in extreme cases even death.

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Pets, children, elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems are often the first to become symptomatic from poor IAQ, although prolonged exposure or exposure to particularly harmful pollutants can affect even the healthiest individuals. 

 

Chemicals and substances that cause poor IAQ and lead to these types of symptoms include:

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  • Some kinds of air fresheners
  • Cosmetics (like hair spray)
  • Cleaning products (bleach, spray cleaners, etc.)
  • Paints and solvents
  • Pesticides and bug repellants
  • Nicotine products (including e-cigarettes and vape pens)
  • Chemical-heavy glues and markers
  • Mold and mildew
  • Natural gas
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Wood smoke and soot, and so forth.

While some of these are substances that we bring into the home and can easily be eliminated by simply no longer using the product, others are caused by poor ventilation, excessive moisture, or inadequate cleaning techniques.

People react to irritants differently, so it can be hard to pinpoint decreased air quality on any particular chemical or substance in the home. At Environmental Testing Solutions, we use a wide panel of tests to check for a variety of pollutants and factors that may impact your IAQ.

When To Test Your Indoor Air Quality?

There are several occasions to get your indoor air quality tested. First, whenever you buy a home or place of business, evaluating your IAQ should be part of the due diligence you perform on a property. That way, if there are any issues, you can address them with the seller and be sure that the space you are purchasing is safe.

when to get IAQ testedThe second reason to have your IAQ tested is if you notice a persistent and unidentifiable smell indoors. If your home or office smells musty, mildewy, or has a strong chemical scent, it’s time to take action.

The final and third, test your indoor air quality if you or any member of your family or staff is suffering from persistent respiratory symptoms, seems to be getting sick a lot despite spending most of their time indoors, or if anyone displays other symptoms that we listed earlier. This is particularly important if you or anyone in the home or building suffers from asthma or allergies, or has a weakened immune system.

How Environmental Testing Solutions Can Help

At Environmental Testing Solutions, we first inspect and evaluate your home or business before performing a thorough test with our Instascope technology. We look for suspected sources and causes of decreased indoor air quality and confirm with air our air quality testing solution. 

Once we have determined the cause of your air quality problems, we will discuss with you whether there are serious health concerns that need to be addressed and whether there are simple steps that you can take on your own or if professional remediation is necessary.

If professional remediation is not necessary, we will go over the steps that you can take to eliminate pollutants and replace them with healthier alternatives, increase airflow, reduce mold and mildew, and generally improve your indoor air quality.

If your situation does require professional help, we can recommend companies in the Aurora area that are qualified experts. 

How-To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality Today

If you suspect that your air quality is subpar, we definitely recommend having it tested professionally. However, there are a few steps you can take to keep your air quality high. This is especially important in the wintertime when you don’t have as much airflow from open windows and doors.

Minimize Dust And Dander

 

vaccuum First, minimize dust and dander. This can be done by Swiffer dusting hard surfaces, vacuuming your floors and carpets, and minimizing clutter and plush surfaces (like velvet drapes, stuffed toys, fuzzy blankets, etc.) that collect dust. You can even go the extra mile and vacuum your mattresses every couple of weeks to remove dust, pet dander, dead skin cells, mites, and so forth. Be sure to use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter for the best results, and wash your bedding in hot water regularly as well.

Reduce Fire And Heat-Related Pollutants

Next, consider reducing fire and heat-related pollutants. Cozying up to a wood fire on a cold day or burning some scented candles while relaxing in a warm bath may sound incredibly appealing, but both activities can emit harmful particulate matter (aka soot) and other toxins into the air. By limiting candles and wood fires, you can significantly increase your indoor air quality. 

Cozying up to a wood fire on a cold day or burning some scented candles while relaxing in a warm bath may sound incredibly appealing, but both activities can emit harmful particulate matter (aka soot) and other toxins into the air. By limiting candles and wood fires, you can significantly increase your indoor air quality. 

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Cooking with natural gas is another top pollutant, so be sure to use an exhaust fan when cooking or open a window and use a fan to direct polluted air outside. 

Microwaves can also be culprits: the heat they generate can cause reactions in the plastic and adhesive components which then release toxic chemicals. If you use a microwave on a daily basis, periodically air out your kitchen by cracking a window and running your oven’s exhaust fan for a few minutes.

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