According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in a typical American home is two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Have you’ve noticed an increase in allergy or asthma symptoms, unexplained breathing problems or other illnesses, persistent odors, mold, or dust buildup? If so, the air in your could have too many pollutants. Find out how an IAQ assessment can determine what’s polluting your home’s air and help you create an action plan for improving your health and comfort in Highlands, NC.
Find the Sources of Air Pollution in Your Home
An IAQ assessment will find the sources of air pollution in your home. Some common sources of indoor air pollutants include carpeting, upholstered furniture and dry-cleaned clothing. Use of a wood-burning stove or fireplace also contributes to indoor air pollution. Household items, including pesticides, adhesives, solvents, paints and cleaning products may release volatile organic compounds into your home’s air.
Determine Ventilation Level
Inadequate ventilation contributes to poor indoor air quality. An IAQ assessment will determine your home’s ventilation rate and whether or not it’s adequate for the removal of stale, polluted air. Many newer homes are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency but bad for indoor air quality. Your IAQ assessment might include a recommendation for more active ventilation, such as exhaust fans or a whole-home fan in the attic.
Learn Whether an Air Cleaner Will Help
During an IAQ assessment, samples of your home’s air will be collected. After the samples are sent to an independent laboratory and analyzed, you’ll get a report of what’s polluting your home’s air. This information will help you determine if a whole-home air purifier or stand-alone air purifier will help. The report may also show if your home needs a better HVAC filter.
To learn more about how an IAQ assessment could improve your health and comfort, take a look at Radlee Heating and Cooling’s professional HVAC services, or get in touch with us today.