Protect Your Family and Home
Whether you live in an apartment, townhome or single family home, an old home or are building a new home, there are many ways to protect and improve your indoor air quality.
Indoor Air in Homes, Schools and Offices
Some pollutants in the air are especially harmful for children, elderly people and those with health problems.
Most of us spend much of our time indoors. The air that we breathe in our homes, in schools and in offices can put us at risk for health problems. Some pollutants can be chemicals, gases and living organisms like mold and pests.
Several sources of air pollution are in homes, schools and offices. Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer and other serious long-term conditions. Sometimes individual pollutants at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide, cause death.
Asbestos Air Sampling
Understanding and controlling some of the common pollutants found in homes, schools and offices may help improve your indoor air and reduce your family’s risk of health concerns related to indoor air quality (IAQ). Other testing available includes:
Home Biotesting provides air sampling for Asbestos. Asbestos is most dangerous when it is airborne. Allow us to survey the area to make sure it is in safe range.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed in the soil. It can enter indoors through cracks and openings in floors and walls that are in contact with the ground.
Combustion Pollutants are gases or particles that come from burning materials. In homes, the major source of combustion pollutants are improperly vented or unvented fuel-burning appliances such as space heaters, woodstoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and fireplaces.
VOCs evaporate into the air when these products are used or sometimes even when they are stored. Volatile organic compounds irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and cause headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Some of them can cause cancer. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products used in homes including:
- paints and lacquers
- paint strippers
- cleaning supplies
- varnishes and waxes
- building materials and furnishing
Asthma triggers are commonly found in homes, schools and offices and include mold, dust mites, secondhand smoke and pet dander. A home may have mold growing on a shower curtain, dust mites, pillows, blankets or stuffed animals, secondhand smoke; in the air, and cat and dog hairs; on the carpet or floors. Other common asthma triggers include some foods and pollutants in the air.