Air quality is something that impacts us a lot more than we might think. Although it may not be something that’s on the forefront of a homeowner’s mind, air quality in the home remains an important issue when it comes to the health of your home and family.
What are some common pollutants?
There can be a wide array of pollutants getting cozy in your home. These can include:
- Mold. Not only bad for your home but breathing in mold spores can have many adverse health effects, especially in children.
- Pollen. If you have allergies, this is obviously the last thing you want floating around your home. With prolonged exposure to pollen, those with allergies can see a worsening of their allergic reactions and even the development of more serious lung or sleeping issues.
- Bacteria and viruses. These can be freely floating around the unchecked home, especially in the presence of children and pets.
- Radon, asbestos, and carbon monoxide. These are the heftiest of the pollutants as they can cause severe damage to health, especially over long periods of time. Radon can enter the home from the outside, while older buildings may still have asbestos in the walls. Carbon monoxide can not only come from fires and running engines, but also from gas stoves if not functioning properly.
Why is indoor air quality so important?
Without checking your home’s air quality and maintaining it at healthy levels, pollutants can cause you and your family health problems down the road. Going unchecked, unhealthy air for prolonged periods of time can raise the risk of developing asthma, COPD, and other respiratory illnesses. If you or your family already
experience these illnesses, then risks run even higher for worsening symptoms, and thus it’s even more important to maintain healthy air at home!
Similarly, when checking for air pollutants, it’s important to check for the more serious pollutants, such as radon, asbestos, and carbon monoxide. These are the most severe air pollutants that can seriously harm you and your family. Now, how can we check for all these pollutants?
How to Check Air Quality
There are a variety of ways to monitor the air quality in your home, ranging from analog to digital. Some strategies include:
- Get an indoor air quality monitor. These gadgets can run a very wide gamut, depending on how advanced you want them to be and what you’d like them to test for. Prices for affordable models can range in the $50s, like this Alexa-compatible model, all the way into the triple digits, like this air quality tester that includes everything and the kitchen sink. With an air quality monitor, you can see the exact levels of pollutants which will allow you to address the issue in the appropriate manner.
- Monitor your health. Once you’re aware of the air quality in your home, it’s not only important that you monitor your health, but also important to know just how the pollutants may or may not be affecting you. Pay special attention to symptoms like itchy eyes, a sensitive respiratory system, sneezing, and coughing. Of course, if you are experiencing these symptoms and believe poor indoor air quality to be the culprit, it’s important to also talk to your doctor while trying to remedy the air quality at home.
- Get an air purifier. Although we recommend speaking to a professional about air quality, getting an air purifier can surely save you real headaches. These can be especially useful if you or your family members suffer from asthma or other breathing difficulties, as an air purifier can really help alleviate some of the pressure.
- Call a professional! While some problems with air quality might be able to be solved with an air purifier, we always encourage getting ahold of a professional to address your quality. When it comes to the air you breathe, it’s extremely important to make sure that it’s safe and clean.
Need help with anything air quality? Please, don’t hesitate in giving us a call here at Tri-Point Refrigeration. We’re happy to hear from you and are excited to help you along the way.
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