Indoor Air Quality Assessment

How to identify air quality issues in your home

If you suffer from allergies, asthma or any other kind of respiratory agitation, you know you aren’t always able to control the air you breathe outdoors.

However, you do control the quality of air inside your home. The best way to ensure your home’s air stays fresh and breathable is to conduct an indoor air quality assessment and follow these indoor air quality tips.

First, you need to identify air quality problems and their symptoms, which originate from any of the following areas:

HEALTH EFFECTS
If you, or another inhabitant of your home, exhibit health or breathing issues after moving to a new residence, remodeling or having a home pesticide treatment, your indoor air quality may be the issue. Talk with your doctor or a board-certified allergist to confirm your suspicions and answer any treatment questions you may have.

BUILDING AGE
Older buildings and residences are the most prone to detrimental dirt, dust, allergens or microbial buildup in air ducts. Homes over 10 years old are the most vulnerable to this sort of dirt accumulation, but the only sure-fire way to diagnose your air quality is with a professional indoor air quality assessment.

LIFESTYLE & ACTIVITIES
Human activities in a home are also a significant source of indoor air pollution. The presence of smokers or pets increases the rate of buildup in indoor air ducts, even if those effects were from previous occupants. Homes with these lifestyle differences require more frequent air duct cleaning in order to ensure proper indoor air quality.

MOISTURE & ODORS 
The last major sign of poor indoor air quality is variance in your home’s smell or moisture. Look for moisture condensation on windows or walls, dirty HVAC equipment, books, shoes or other items that become moldy. Step outside for a few minutes, then reenter your home to detect any noticeable odors. These odors may mean your home isn’t getting enough ventilation for proper indoor air quality.

If you suffer from the effects of poor or polluted ventilation in your home, consider getting an indoor air quality assessment. The right assessment determines where your indoor air pollution originates and offers an appropriate air duct cleaning solution to match your specific needs.

Considering an indoor air quality assessment for your home? Click here to talk with a Comfort Consultant from On Time Experts to discuss your home’s air quality needs and get relief from your allergies or respiratory agitation.