5 Reasons You Need to Test Indoor Air Quality
With the start of a new year, it’s a great time to think about the quality of your indoor air.
But why? Is indoor air quality (IAQ) really that important?
Clean air is imperative to good health. Unfortunately, the importance of IAQ is often overlooked and underrated. But biophysicist and scientific consultant, James L. Repace, warns that reduced ventilation and infiltration in buildings and the use of more synthetic chemicals have created a phenomenon coined “sick building syndrome.” And this same sick building could be your sick home, which is why testing your home air quality is imperative to your future health.
But where do you begin? What’s so tricky about indoor air pollution is that it can stem from a multitude of sources. The US Environmental Protection Agency names source control as the best strategy to limit indoor air pollution and chemical exposure.
Here are our top five reasons to test your home’s IAQ today:
- Research states that individuals spend nearly 90% of their time indoors as opposed to outdoors, therefore indoor pollutants can significantly impact short- and long-term health. Especially susceptible are those who spend more time inside including children, chronically ill and the elderly.
- Indoor air has been found to be 2-5 times more polluted than even the worst outdoor air.
- It is rare that a singular pollutant is creating issues within a home. Often there are several sources contributing to a larger problem which is why testing for multiple contaminants is in your best interest.
- There has been a steady increase in the occurrence of asthma and allergies in children due to the poor indoor air quality. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention there are 6.2 million children under the age of 18 with asthma.
- The sources of indoor air pollution are all around, and don’t discriminate: urban homes, rural homes and apartments are all susceptible to poor IAQ. Everything from building materials to cleaning products add to the amount of indoor air pollution in your home.
Testing and understanding your indoor air contaminant levels is the first step in protecting yourself and your home. Investing in comprehensive IAQ testing gives you the actionable data needed to minimize exposure and improve your health.
See how our yogi IAQ and water quality assessment kit can provide peace of mind today!