Many homeowners live in polluted homes without ever knowing their health is at risk. Many indoor air pollutants are very hard to detect with a simple inspection, while some, like molds, become visible only once the damage is already done. This is why the safest way to find out whether the indoor air is polluted is to get air quality testing. However, other signs can also indicate the increased concentration of air pollutants. Aside from looking at the outside, we should also look at what is happening inside. Our bodies can tell us whether they’re exposed to pollution by manifesting certain symptoms. If these symptoms are present you should call a Toronto expert to conduct a home air quality test.
Symptoms of Poor Air Quality Exposure
- Sneezing – This symptom is usually first to appear, as the contact with pollutant particles irritates the sensitive receptors in the nose. Of course, the first reaction is to prevent those particles from getting inside the lungs, hence the sneezing.
- Nasal congestion – The body reacts to the presence of pollutants by producing mucus, which serves as a barrier and a collector of those harmful particles
- Coughing – Natural reaction of the lungs to the presence of pollutants – get out!
- Shortness of breath – As the lungs become inflamed and full of mucus, they cannot function properly and their capacity is decreased.
- Dry throat, eyes and skin – This symptom can be caused by dry air, but it may be also an indicator of mold presence.
- Irritation of the eyes and skin – Certain pollutants, for example molds, can cause rashes, as well as itchiness of the skin and eyes.
- Fatigue – Fatigue is often a result of a lack of oxygen in the body. This lack can appear as a result of exposure to carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other harmful chemicals that can interfere with the transport of oxygen.
- Dizziness – Another symptom that is most commonly caused by carbon monoxide and VOCs
- Headache – Some air pollutants can irritate the trigeminal nerve (the cranial nerve which is responsible for biting, chewing and sensation in the face), which results in headaches. Another cause might be a lack of oxygen in the cells caused by carbon monoxide and other pollutants.
- Hypersensitivity – Some people, especially children, can develop various allergies as a result of long-term exposure to air pollutants.
All of these symptoms can easily be blamed on other health issues, which is why the true culprit often remains undetected. Another problem is that most air pollutants are impossible to see with the naked eye, and some are also completely odourless, making their detection even harder. The best way to measure the concentration of pollutants in your home is to get air quality testing. A professional test can tell you the exact amount of all potential air pollutants and point their source out.
If you are in need of a home air quality test, reach out to Inch by Inch Inspections. Our experienced, friendly inspectors are always ready to provide high-quality service anywhere in Toronto and the GTA. Call today and schedule your air quality testing.