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Have You Had Your Indoor Air Tested?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Indoor air quality is often much worse than people realizeYou may be surprised to discover that your home's air supply can be many times more polluted than outside air. Modern air sealing techniques can trap pollutants in your home, allowing them to become more concentrated. While health problems such as allergies can be noticed almost as soon as you are exposed to the related irritant, there are some health effects from exposure to indoor pollutants that may not manifest until much later. Indoor air testing can help you to consider environmental factors in your home now to reduce the risk of related health challenges later.

Indoor Air Testing Benefits

Your IAQ specialist can take air samples in your home in order to test for specific pollutants. In addition to dust and pet dander, your home's air supply may be contaminated by gaseous pollutants such as carbon monoxide, cooking sprays, and materials emitted from laundry products, office supplies and construction materials. Your specialist may also test for radon and asbestos.

Using Results to Formulate Indoor Air Pollution Solutions

As your technician evaluates the results of your air quality tests, he can help you to consider customized IAQ solutions to improve conditions in your home. These may include:

  • Ventilation - a balanced exchange of indoor and outdoor air can exhaust indoor pollutants while freshening your indoor air supply. An energy recovery ventilator also pre-filters the air drawn into your home to limit the introduction of allergens and other irritants.
  • Filtration - high-MERV air filters can help your indoor air quality, but an air cleaner provides multiple filtration cycles per hour while addressing both solid and gaseous pollutants. A germicidal system can also destroy some hazardous biomaterials.
  • Dehumidification - too much moisture in your air can lead to excessive mold and mildew. AC maintenance can promote more efficient dehumidification, but a dehumidifier may help if your optimized system doesn't maintain indoor humidity within the recommended range of 30 to 50 percent.
  • Alarm installation - if carbon monoxide leakage is a concern in your residence, it is recommended that you install alarms in all sleeping areas as well as on each level of your home. Additionally, you should place an alarm near an attached garage.

If you are concerned about the condition of your indoor air supply, you can locate an HVAC contractor through Texas Air Comfort to schedule testing. Our experts are prepared to provide you with comprehensive IAQ solutions.

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