Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

Are you in the market for a new home? This is an exciting experience. You probably have a long list of things to do and what to look for when searching for a home. However, does your to-do list include testing your new home’s indoor air quality?

Why indoor air quality

You may be wondering why testing for indoor air quality is so important especially for a new construction. Recent reports from the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) show that indoor air is 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. As a homeowner, you ought to be concerned not only about the level of pollution in your home but also about the sources of pollution.

Do you like that ‘new home smell’? If you are a home buyer, you should be particularly concerned about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are a common ingredient in materials used for construction. That smell in your new home is most likely the result of a combination of a variety of toxic chemicals. Sources of these chemicals include paint, carpeting as well as other fixtures and furnishings.

One of the most dangerous chemicals likely to be present in high concentrations in a new home is formaldehyde. This chemical is often present in pressed wood products including particleboard, plywood and fiberboard. It is therefore likely to be emitted by furniture, countertops, shelving and cabinets. It is also a common ingredient in many adhesives and resins used in construction.

Formaldehyde exposure can result in irritation of the eyes, skin and nose. Exposure to the chemical for a long time can result in the development of cancer, lung disease as well as chronic respiratory problems.

There are also various dangerous fumes that are emerge from upholstered furniture as a result of the chemicals that are used to treat it. These chemicals have been shown to cause adverse health effects.

If you’re still asking why indoor air quality tests are important, you should know that you can avoid these adverse health effects by testing your home and understanding what your indoor air consists of. This will help you know where to focus your efforts in order to protect your household’s health.

Improving indoor air quality

One of the best ways of improving indoor air quality is by ventilating the house. This includes opening windows and doors to let in fresh air from the outdoors. Surfaces should be vacuumed using a HEPA filtered vacuum.