At Brown Service Co., we know air quality testing can tell you quite a bit about the condition of a home and HVAC unit. Besides revealing allergens and bothersome debris, an air quality test can identify contaminants that are just downright dangerous. Here are six reasons you should test your indoor air quality.
During the hot and humid summer months, a bogged down AC unit can accumulate mold and mildew. Effects of mold range from an unpleasant smell to various health problems, such as wheezing and congestion.
Asbestos is naturally occurring in soil, but it becomes quite harmful when brought indoors. Common in older houses, this mineral fiber has serious health consequences ranging from lung cancer to mesothelioma.
3. Animal Waste
Dust mites, cockroaches, and larger critters like squirrels and mice are all known to make their way into your home via crevices. At the minimum, they can track in dander and pollen. In other cases, some animals can end up in the condensation chamber of your HVAC system, and their droppings can then fill your whole house with a rather unpleasant, distinct smell.
Using pesticides to take care of a critter problem can lead to an even bigger problem. These toxins are harmful when inhaled, and they cause headaches, nausea, cancer, and even brain damage. According to the EPA, up to 75% of U.S. homes used at least one pesticide indoors last year. This makes pesticides one of the biggest reasons to test indoor air quality.
There is no other way to identify cancer-causing radon than through air testing, as radon is colorless and odorless. Almost all soil in the U.S. contains some level of uranium, which decays and emits radon.
6. Carbon Monoxide
Combustion particles and gases like carbon monoxide are the biggest source of indoor air pollution. Symptoms start with headaches and progress to unconsciousness.