It is a widely accepted tendency to think that air pollution is an issue to be concerned about outside — smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. However the truth is, the air quality inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or new furniture, new carpet, cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls.
The EPA estimates that the air quality within our homes is up to 70% more polluted than the outdoor air. It is a common misconception to think the filter we replace in our Heating and Air Conditioning System is to control the indoor air quality. Indeed is does help and can be used to improve indoor air quality however its main purpose is to keep the inside of our Heating and Air Conditioning System clean. This prolong is life and energy efficiency of our systems.
Indoor Air Quality Testing can provide the peace of mind your family deserves. Call today to schedule an appointment to have your IAQ test 972-235-2600. Many benefits come with achieving improved indoor air quality:
- Decrease in Allergies
- Decrease in Respiratory related issues
- Less Headaches and Fatigue
- Less Anxiety related to why you or family are sick all the time
- Reduction in dust collection on furniture and surfaces
Efficient Home Solutions can help with:
- Air Sample Testing around your home to check for Mold and VOC’s
- Sealing up the envelope of your home to prevent attic air from entering your home
- Improved sealing of ductwork and filtration of the air through your HVAC system
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) are gases emitted from many household solids or liquids. Included in these are a variety of chemicals, of which some may have short and/or long-term adverse health ramifications. It is common for concentrations of many VOCs to be consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs emitted by a wide array of products within our homes number in the thousands. Examples include:
- Paints, lacquers and strippers
- Cleaning supplies
- Pesticides and Fertilizers
- Dry-Cleaned Clothes and New Carpet
- Building materials and furnishings
Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in the materials used to build, clean, maintain and/or update our Homes or Offices. Products like: New Carpet, paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, along with products used in crafts and hobbies. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.