There has been quite a bit of attention placed on outdoor air quality of late. Even when you go to a weather app on your phone, there is an indicator as to what the air quality is for your specific area. When we look at AQI (Air Quality Index), the range is from 0 – 500 with a value under 50 representing a healthier air quality and anything over 300 indicating hazardous air quality. When I checked todays, I saw we were in the 28 range, which means there aren’t any limitations for really anyone to enjoy the outdoors. While this is good news for when we are outside, what about when we go inside to our place of work, our home, or school? Many could assume that they should be okay for a while and might not check their filters for months and months. In general, you should look to change your air filter in your home every 30 days when using cheaper fiberglass filters. When it comes to higher end pleated filters, those can last as long as 6 months. These are all based on average usage and truly don’t take into account the type and size of filter. Luckily, there is a way to help mitigate any ambiguity, which is through having an air quality test regularly preformed for wherever you may be residing for a large portion of time. Below we’ll look at the benefits of having an air quality test preformed in order to keep you and those you love healthier.
Why Should You Have an Air Quality Test?
Eliminate Allergy Triggers
Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans have experienced numerous types of allergies each year according to AAFA.org. So, while allergies can be very annoying to most, there are those within that large number of Americans that are suffering from more chronic health issues. Of those health issues, asthma is an example where allergens can really affect overall health. Coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath can all be triggered when exposed to pollen, dust and mold. These can be fatal for those with a chronic condition rather than just a mild case, which is why it could be very important to have an air quality test preformed.
Detect Carbon Monoxide Gas
In the span of 2010 – 2015, more than 2,200 people died due to unintended carbon monoxide poisoning. This can occur when there is a damaged water heater, a blocked fireplace vent, or you have a faulty gas line. There are numerous symptoms that can indicate exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning such as nausea, headaches, and dizziness. There is always the possibility of death if not taken seriously. If you every have the onset of some of these symptoms, then look to schedule an appointment with AGES and a certified HVAC technician will come out to help inspect.
Recognize Contaminants and Pollutants
Some other air pollutants that aren’t always easily detected are mold and mildew. Naturally formed gasses such as Radon are able to spread in living areas. It’s estimated that by the EPA that for non-smokers, Radon is the number one cause of cancer. Asbestos is a building substance that can also fly under the radar that is dangerous if not taken care of. A home air quality test can help identify this and many of the other airborne dangers called out previously. Let the professionals at AGES take a look today so that you and your family can have peace of mind when you’re in the comforts of your own home.
Schedule Time Today
The reason so many families or organizations put off an air quality test is because they believe it will be too time consuming. In reality, a professional air quality test only takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete. No matter the residence you are in, you should schedule an air quality test on a regular basis to make sure you’re conditions are safe for everyone. When you are purchasing a new home, testing will be especially important as you will not be as familiar with the chemicals that could have been used in the home beforehand.
To learn more about the importance and benefits of having an air quality test performed, look no further than AGES Services Company. Contact us at (817) 851-8155 to hear from one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.