TN Indoor Air Quality Testing
Healthy air is an essential part of a healthy home. Most homeowners make the assumption that there is nothing wrong with the air they breathe. That might very well be true though many would be surprised by the results of an Air Quality Test. After all, most of us spend a large amount of time indoors and according to the Environmental Protection Agency we are at greater risk for pollutants indoors. Most often, people stop and truly wonder about the quality of the air breathe after life-changing events such as the birth of a new baby or a change to health condition. At these times, the quality of the air in a home becomes a priority worth inspecting. Health concerns caused by indoor pollution include allergies, respiratory issues, fatigue, and dizziness to name a few. The length of time of exposure and level will determine the nature and extent of the health condition. If you are considering purchasing a new home in Middle Tennessee or just have concerns about your current one, we can put your mind at ease with our Air Quality Testing.
What is tested?
Our experienced team will test levels for:
- CO – Carbon Monoxide is colorless and odorless and emits from fuel-burning appliances, chimneys, and air-handling systems. It can cause headaches, nausea, confusion and even lead to unconsciousness
- NO2 – Particulate matter is reddish-brown in color and has an odor. It can cause shortness of breath and may raise the risk of lung infections
- Pesticides – Pesticides are known for their toxicity, whether for treating pests or general disinfectants. Long term exposure can cause headaches, brain-damage and increase cancer risks
- VOCs – see below
While we do offer mold, radon, and asbestos testing, these are separate services and more information can be found here.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the following definition for VOCs:
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.
Common sources of VOCs include numerous household products such as:
- building materials
- cleaners and sprays
- dry-cleaned clothing
- aerosol sprays
It is possible to complete an at-home air quality test and cost will be at a minimum. However, the results may not be as thorough and problems tougher to diagnose. Hiring a professional will not only improve the testing accuracy, they can provide essential tips for a course of action to remedy the problem. In the end, there’s no price for having confidence in the air you breathe in your Middle Tennessee home!