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How to Test Air Quality in Your Home

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is essential for your health and overall wellbeing. Some of the first warning signs that you may have a problem include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing and allergies
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dry skin and irritations
  • Inability to sleep
  • Dust buildup in vents and air filters
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Hot and cold spots

If you notice any of those symptoms and suspect your home is the victim of poor air quality, it’s easy to find out with an indoor air quality meter. There are a number of brands from which to choose. The amount of pollution will vary from home to home, even within the same community or neighborhood. An air purifier is a good option for any structure and ventilation is essential – just open a window.

IAQ Monitors

The devices continually monitor the air in your home. Depending on the model, it may measure levels of carbon dioxide, radon, and formaldehyde, along with multiple types of volatile organic compounds (VOC) encompassing those from cooking, burning wood and cosmetics to those emitted by upholstery, photocopiers, flooring, and building materials.

Mold

IAQ monitors typically don’t provide information on mold levels in your home. The general consensus among professionals is that they’re not that accurate. You should be aware that almost every home contains fungi to varying degrees. Mold is present in the natural environment and can enter your home on hair, clothing, shoes and pets. The fungi can even reside in HVAC units and circulate through your home. Dealing with an infestation of mold is a job for mold remediation specialists.

Radon Monitors

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms as a result of the breakdown and decay of uranium deposits in the soil. It’s odorless, colorless and a known carcinogen. It can enter your home through cracks in the foundation, areas around pipes, and flooring. It concentrates in the lower levels of homes. Radon detectors are a good investment in your health.

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A Guide To Indoor Air Quility

Indoor air quality is directly dependent on the number of pollutants in your indoor air. The air that you breathe in every day contains thousands of contaminants. In addition, your indoor air may contain many toxins that have made it through your ventilation system and into your home. Unfortunately, not all contaminants can be seen or smelled. There is also the chance that some indoor air quality problems don’t appear to be visible or that you aren’t aware of. Either way, you can bet that some of the pollutants in your air are making you and your family ill.

 

A simple rule of thumb when it comes to Indoor air quality is this: if your ducts appear dirty, then they probably are. Regular duct cleaning services is a key cornerstone of improving indoor air quality throughout your home. In fact, the air ducts that transport air throughout your home carry many toxic and harmful elements such as radon gas, toxic mold, pollen, and dust. These gases and particles can build up over time and make their way into the air you breathe.

Contaminants

It’s difficult to imagine how much dirt and debris can accumulate in your ventilation system over the years. The majority of dirt and contamination comes from carpet fibers, dust mites, and mold spores. Over time, these tiny particles become larger and heavier, so they are more likely to be picked up by the air ductwork and cause contamination inside your home. Dirty air ducts are often the cause of many health problems for people living in unclean houses. Therefore, if you want to avoid these health problems, you should make sure the ductwork is regularly inspected.

Inspections

Although it is important to periodically inspect and clean your air ducts, you should also consider hiring a company that offers annual indoor air quality inspections. The reason why this is better than doing it yourself is that a professional service will have the appropriate equipment to be able to detect contaminants at an affordable price. Some companies also offer air duct cleaning services alongside their inspection services.

 

Now that you understand what causes indoor air pollution in your home, it is important that you take the steps you can to reduce or eliminate it. Indoor air quality has become more important than ever in recent years because of the number of pollutants indoors. Therefore, it is more important than ever to hire a reputable company to do a quality air duct cleaning. If you do that, you can breathe easier knowing that you and your family are breathing the best air possible.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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Air Quality is Essential for Good Health

An increasing number of people are becoming aware of the air quality in their homes and within the workplace – and with good reason. Air quality is a critical component for good health and can be affected by an array of variables.

Individuals in South Florida spend a significant amount of time indoors for the relief that air conditioning provides from the heat and humidity. Air quality can be affected by elements ranging from mold infestations to pollutants from manufacturing and other processes. Radon is a naturally occurring gas in the environment that can seep into buildings and is associated with lung cancer.

Poor air quality can cause allergy flareups, fatigue and eye irritation. It also affects the ability to obtain a sound night’s sleep the body needs to repair itself. Restless and interrupted sleep reduces cognitive function and indoor air quality has become a serious public health issue.

Addressing air quality is particularly important following a fire, flood or hurricane. The environment following those events is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and viral contaminants. Preserving air quality requires more than just sweeping, mopping or vacuuming. Floor coverings and modern building materials have the ability to attract and hold contaminants no matter how much people clean.

There are measures that individuals can take to improve air quality at home and in the workplace. It’s beneficial to run an air purifier, at least in the bedroom at night. A whole-house filtration system is even better. Air duct cleaning will remove a variety of allergens and prevent them from being circulated through a structure.

Controlling humidity levels and using air vents when cooking is effective in addressing air quality. One of the most important things that individuals can do is to regularly check air filters and that’s especially important for AC units. Improving ventilation is a critical element for better air quality. Opening doors and windows, and operating ceiling fans, enables the exchange of old air for new.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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Don’t Suffer with Poor Home Air Quality

The air quality of homes can be severely compromised and those living there are often unaware that anything is amiss. They may experience symptoms that are typically chalked up to allergies, asthma or sinus problems. Coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath are common. Symptoms may also include headaches and fatigue.

In the most severe instances, people may have irritation of the eyes, throat, nose and skin, along with dizziness and nausea. It’s particularly dangerous for individuals with respiratory conditions. People often notice that symptoms subside when they go outdoors or are away on vacation. Poor air quality can arise from a number of causes and it’s a serious health concern. Identifying the source and remediating it requires the services of a professional.

Mold is one of the most common causes of poor air quality. It occurs naturally indoors and outside, but it’s only when the fungus is present in elevated levels that it adversely affects air quality. There are approximately 12 types of mold that typically affect homes.

It grows in warm, damp conditions and can be found in air conditioning filters and ductwork where it gets blown about and disseminated throughout the home. It can also stem from leaks in pipes or roofs. Mold propagates itself via miniscule spores and can lodge behind walls, in ceilings and under floors.

There are also dozens of bacteria and viruses that infect homes. Many are beneficial and individuals may have developed a resistance to them. However, there are pathogens that can cause rashes and infections if they’re available in sufficient amounts, and most recently, COVID-19.

Poor air quality can be corrected with the services of a professional remediation and restoration company. The experts will take samples and have them verified in a laboratory to determine exactly what type of pathogen is present.

If mold is the problem, they’ll find the source and establish containment measures to prevent it from spreading. When bacteria or viruses are the source of the contamination, specialized sanitizers, disinfectants and other methods are available to return a home’s indoor environment to health.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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