Indoor Air Quality Inspections
While the Federal Clean Air Act controls vehicle emissions and other pollutants in the outdoor air, studies show that people today spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. Increasingly, research is demonstrating that indoor air quality is often poorer than outdoor air quality, even in heavily industrialized cities. Poor air quality is a growing health concern, making it crucial to have your home’s air quality checked.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Poor indoor air quality can come from many common household pollutants. These include, but are not limited to:
- VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) from cleansers, paints, solvents, and aerosol products
- Breathable particles from cigarette smoke, fireplaces, and wood stoves
- Biological contaminants such as mold, pet dander, and mildew
- Byproducts from combustion
- Building materials such as lead and asbestos
- Chemical off-gassing
In addition, the air temperature, humidity, and airtightness of the building can have a dramatic impact on the effects that you feel from pollutants. The more airtight the building, the more energy savings you will realize, but the less opportunity pollutants have to escape. Poor ventilation can cause carbon dioxide levels to rise, making occupants feel sluggish and sleepy. High humidity makes it easier for biological pollutants such as mold to reproduce.
Effects of Poor Air Quality
Living or working in a building with poor air quality can have a real impact on your health. Mildly poor air can lead to sore throats, headaches, and watery eyes. As air quality worsens, so do the effects on health. Dizziness, fatigue, and a general sense of malaise become common. If the air quality is very poor, you might experience the symptoms of sick building syndrome, a potentially serious acute condition marked by chest pain, shortness of breath, skin irritation, and flu-like symptoms.
The only way to know for sure what the quality is of your indoor air, and what contaminants might be present, is to have professional testing performed. At Same Day Inspection, we use the latest tools and equipment to monitor the quality of your home or commercial property. We will perform a thorough evaluation and provide you with a detailed report of our findings, along with our suggestions for mitigating any issues we find.
Air Quality Remediation
Depending on the overall quality of your indoor air and the specific issues that are found, you might be able to take remedial steps on your own, or you might need to hire professionals. Regardless, everyone should take a few common-sense measures to improve their indoor air quality. Examples include:
- Improving ventilation, especially when working with open fires or household chemicals
- Running exhaust fans when cooking or showering
- Choosing eco-friendly building materials, cleaners, and fuel sources
Why Should I Choose Same Day Inspection?
At Same Day Inspection, we are proud of our A rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are an established Florida company with a singular mission: to be the industry leader in property inspection while maintaining our top-quality customer service and on-time reputation. We offer a comprehensive suite of inspection services across the state of Florida.
If you are ready to have your home inspected by a local company that you can trust, we invite you to call Same Day Inspection at 877-216-3949 or schedule your inspection online today.