Homeowners all over the world are more aware than ever of the invisible threats to our health that lurk in our indoor air, which has many homeowners here in Nashville wondering what else the air in their home might contain. Because most of the contaminants that float around us can’t be seen by the naked eye, home indoor air quality testing is one of the only ways to know for sure what you might be inhaling minute by minute, second by second.
Here at DocAir, residential indoor air quality testing is a part of our “science first” approach to improving the overall health of your home. However, once we figure out what is in your breathing air, the real work has only just begun.
What Might We Find In Your Air?
Before we begin testing, we need to know what we are looking for. The air inside a home is commonly rated as being five times more contaminated than the air outside, often because of the following common indoor air contaminants:
- Pet dander
- Mold and bacteria
- Outside allergens like pollen
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Some of these tiny particles will make their way into your home from the outside and then become trapped in the neverending cycle of your heating and cooling system. However, other contaminants, like VOCs, come from the materials inside your home.
Chemicals like those found in common household cleaners introduce harmful contaminants into your air, and the carpeting, furniture, and even the construction materials used to build your home can contribute to contaminated air through a process called “off-gassing”.
How Indoor Air Affects Your Health
In the short term, contaminated indoor air may not be cause for much concern. However, extended exposure to dirty, stale, unhealthy air can cause you and your family to experience a number of symptoms and can make any previously existing symptoms worse. These symptoms are often very similar to what you might experience with seasonal allergies, such as:
- Dry or irritated eyes
- Sinus congestion or postnasal drip
- Trouble sleeping
- Coughing or sneezing
The Dangers of Radon in Nashville
Homes in the Nashville area are susceptible to radon infiltration, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Radon testing in Nashville is a must for homeowners, to ensure that radon levels are kept at an absolute minimum. DocAir can test your home for radon and recommend a radon mitigation system for you to keep your home as healthy as possible.
How We Test Your Air
To test what is in your air, we’ll install a monitor device in your home that reads and documents the contaminants present in your home. It will include data on the temperature, moisture, carbon dioxide, particulates, VOCs, and carbon monoxide within your home. Once we have enough data, we will retrieve the device and begin the process of determining how to resolve your indoor air quality problem.
In order to resolve the problem, we will recommend a series of steps to prevent these contaminants from entering your home, and provide the right amount of ventilation to keep your air quality as healthy as possible. This can include, but is not limited to:
Are you concerned about what’s in your breathing air? Schedule air quality testing with DocAir and we’ll get you on the path to healthier indoor air quality. Call us or get in touch here.
”When you need help from a bad home inspection, who do you call? I called DocAir. They were fast, professional and fixed the problem and made no mess.Kristin MitchellDocAir Customer