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Inspection and Testing for Indoor Air Quality: A Guide From Saint Armands Key

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Indoor air quality is one of the single worst and yet least understood health risks faced by families throughout the world, including Saint Armands Key. It claims the lives of more than 1.2 million people each year and results in countless illnesses. While air quality problems in the United States are rarely life threatening, the risk of long term health problems is very real, so inspection and testing is highly recommended.

When to Call for Testing

If you suspect something is wrong with your indoor air, you should call for testing. What constitutes “wrong”? Here are some specific things to watch for related to your health:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Rash
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nose Irritation
  • Throat Irritation
  • Respiratory Irritation
  • Cough
  • Chest Tightness
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Lung Cancer

When one or more of these symptoms recurs in your family without a clear cause that your doctor can diagnose, it’s a big warning bell that you may have indoor air quality issues to attend. When that happens, it’s time for testing and inspection.

Checking Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality problems frequently stem from a specific problem – either an entry point in your home where insulation fails or poor ventilation if the source is inside. The purpose of testing is to check for these problems and pinpoint specific ways to reduce the presence of pollutants and make you feel better.

If certain pollutants are found, filtration may not be enough to solve the problem – radon and mold especially require installation of new fans and filters to reduce the effects of the excess air contaminants.