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How Is Your IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)?

How is the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Champaign home? According to recent studies by the EPA, poor IAQ is one of the top five environmental health risks in households today. Considering that the average person spends about 90% of their time indoors, the air quality inside every building should be given a top priority. Pollutant levels indoors can sometimes run two-to-five times (in extreme cases even 100 times) higher than outdoor levels. Given these facts, it makes sense to thoroughly investigate the IAQ of your home (the place you spend most of your time).

Do you think that your indoor air might be polluted? Here is a list of common warning signs that might indicate a harmful IAQ:

  • Water leaks in the ceiling or plumbing (moisture leading to mold)
  • Gas appliance problems (gas leakage and particles from burning materials)
  • Signs of mold in your home (mold spores and allergens cause sickness)
  • High humidity in the air; condensation on windows (contributes to mold)
  • Old or stuffy air quality (poor ventilation)
  • Pet contamination (hair and dander)

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  • Carpeting contamination (allergens tracked inside)
  • Inadequate ventilation (promotes airborne toxins)
  • Feeling sick at home, but better when you’re away (signs of allergens/toxins)
  • Damage to a chimney (allows for outdoor pollutants to infiltrate home)
  • Concentration of VOCs (volatile organic compounds emanate from a number of indoor sources)
  • Change in health after a renovation (allergens from new materials in home)

More Information on VOC’s

You can test your home for specific air pollutants, but before you do it’s important to understand the main culprits. In addition to mold and mold spores, there are dozens of toxins that might be affecting your health. Here is a list of the most common pollutants that could be in your indoor air:

  • Asbestos
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Dust and molds
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead and lead dust
  • Pet hair and dander
  • Radon
  • Rodents and cock roaches

7 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Formaldehyde

Indoor air pollutants and allergens can compromise the health of your entire household. If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned, consider getting an IAQ assessment. An IAQ professional can test your home for specific pollutants and help you devise a plan action. Cassel has solutions for IAQ problems – and get your air back to a healthier, more comfortable level. Call us today at (217) 866-1596 to schedule an appointment!

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