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Why Indoor Air Quality is More Important Than You Realize

Posted in Blog | Indoor Air Quality | Indoor Air Quality Inspection | Mold Inspection on November 15th, 2018 by Ian Stevens

When you neglect your air quality, you risk putting yourself and your family in danger of developing asthma, getting lung cancer or contracting another respiratory illness.

It’s clear that the air we breathe in our own homes is essential to our bodily health, but how often do you think about your air quality? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably only when something triggers you to do so. We don’t think about those things until we’re forced to.

The problem is that by the time we notice poor air quality it is typically after we’re already suffering the consequences.

Why Indoor Air Quality is So Important

When you sit down and think about it, it makes sense that the air we have in our homes is more polluted than the air outdoors. We use a number of toxic chemicals on a regular basis in our homes.

We also usually have ventilation systems that suck and blow those chemicals to and from throughout our house. Those vents are often congested with dust and other pollutants. We spend most of our time indoors, and the air we’re putting into our body is recycled throughout vents, rooms, and moves through chemicals regularly.

Think of the chemicals that you use to clean your kitchen and wash your floors. The building materials used in constructing your home, the dust contained in the fabric of your furniture, and, sometimes, mold lingering unseen in your home.

The Danger of Mold

Mold is commonly a cause of nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, or irritated eyes and skin. That is if you don’t have an allergy to mold. Those with allergies to mold are prone to more severe reactions.

Mold thrives in particularly damp or moist conditions and is commonly found in places with high humidity. Places like basements and bathrooms are particularly common for mold to live in.

That means that dingy spaces in the corners of your home are prime spots for mold to live. Even if you don’t want to go down into that damp basement because it scares you, mold will start to grow and its spores will spread into the air of your home.

How to Improve Air Quality

The first step to improving the quality of air in your home is getting an inspection of your ventilation system. HVAC systems are often littered with pollutants, so it would be wise to have it inspected. It’s essential that air is consistently cycling, being conditioned by your ventilation system.

You should also have your house inspected for mold if you have any reason to think it might be living in your home.

Is There Mold in Your Home?

Your indoor air quality could be poor without you being immediately affected. It’s a wise choice to have a testing done throughout your home, especially if you’re living in an older home.

For more information on the danger of mold and mold testing options, contact us and we’d be happy to help.