Now that we are spending more time at home, good indoor air quality has become a crucial factor in maintaining good health. Millions of people die every year from diseases related to indoor air pollution, and the current COVID-19 situation has only accentuated the importance of this issue as individuals are spending much more time inside their homes. But how exactly can we improve indoor air quality and how do we know whether we are experiencing poor air quality or not? To find the answers to these questions starts with indoor air quality testing and looking into the three key components of good indoor air quality.
Ensuring Proper Ventilation
Good air circulation within the home ensures a constant influx of fresh air while pushing out the contaminated air, and reducing indoor humidity levels. This includes:
- Natural ventilation – If you live in an area where outdoor air pollution is low, the simplest way to stimulate air circulation in your home is to open all windows and let the fresh air in, especially while cleaning, vacuuming, cooking, and after showering.
- HVAC and fans – Many homes and commercial buildings rely on HVAC systems to provide an adequate ventilation rate; it is very important to keep the elements of the HVAC system clean, otherwise, it releases the accumulated pollutants into the indoor air and can severely deplete its quality.
There are many air pollutants that are commonly found inside buildings. A professional indoor air quality test can detect and correctly measure the presence of all these compounds. Some of the most common ones include:
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – They are the main culprits of poor indoor air quality. The most common sources of VOCs in the home are cleaning agents and air fresheners. To reduce VOCs coming from these sources, avoid using air fresheners, and opt for natural cleaning products.
- Molds – Their presence in homes is highly unfavourable, considering they cause mild to severe respiratory issues and allergies with long term exposure. In order to control these persistent fungi, it is necessary to control the levels of indoor air humidity and avoid water retention in rooms that are prone to increased moisture, like a kitchen, bathroom, cellar, etc.
- Carbon monoxide – CO pollution usually comes from damaged or improperly maintained heating equipment and generators, fossil fuel combustion, etc.
Adequate Temperature and Humidity Levels
Maintaining temperature and humidity at healthy levels will not only have a beneficial effect on health, but it will also prevent mold infestation. Molds need moisture to thrive, so keeping the air humidity levels below 60% will slow down their development. Maintaining the temperature between 70°F and 75°F during winter, and between 75°F and 80°F during summer for best results.
How To Test Indoor Air Quality?
The best way to find out whether your home has an air quality problem is to run an air quality test. There are many DIY tests available, but very few are reliable and able to detect all types of pollutants. Professional air quality testing is the best solution. An experienced air inspector can perform the test in an optimal way and easily pinpoint the main sources of pollution. He will also give you an expert’s advice on how to solve the problem and avoid air pollutants in the future.
Inch By Inch Can Help!
If you are looking for a trusted, certified inspector, someone who will perform your air quality test in the safest and most efficient manner, reach out to Inch by Inch Inspections. Inch by Inch’s staff is equipped with knowledge and tools to perform home air quality testing without jeopardizing the health of your family. Experienced, friendly inspectors of Inch by Inch provide their high-quality service all over Toronto and the GTA. Give Inch by Inch a call at 416-568-9702 to schedule your air quality testing today.