How to Conduct Your Own Indoor Air Quality Assessment

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With the current coronavirus pandemic, we’re spending more time indoors than ever before and no matter how clean you keep your home, harmful particles, allergens, fumes, and gasses can still circulate through your home. If you’re worried about the indoor air quality in your home, a quick assessment will help understand your IAQ.

Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Indoor air quality is important for your overall health. By being exposed to pollutants, individuals can experience headaches, fatigue, nausea, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat and over time, being exposed to these pollutants can cause more serious health problems.

How to Conduct Your Own Indoor Air Quality Assessment

To conduct an indoor air quality in your home, there are a few things you can do and technology you can utilize.

This includes:

Indoor Air Quality Monitor – This easy-to-install device can detect common pollutants and air conditions in your home.

Carbon Monoxide Detector – Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector in the home to alert the occupants if there are dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. When it escapes from malfunctioning furnaces, water heaters, stoves, and any other gas-powered appliance, it can be potentially deadly.

Mold Inspection – Ensuring there is no mold in your home can help prevent health problems down the line. Always look in areas that mold is more likely to grow, such as dark, damp hidden areas such as windowsills, under sinks, in basements, and in a basement or laundry room.

Radon Testing – Another colorless, odorless gas, radon is naturally occurring in soil due to radioactive decay. While it typically doesn’t cause any issues, long-term exposure to elevated amounts can cause lung cancer. Tests for radon should be done in basement spaces and mailed to a third-party lab for results.

Working with MRW Mechanical for Your IAQ Services

While homeowners are able to complete an indoor air quality assessment of their property themselves, the best way to ensure your IAQ is top notch and to avoid any issues in the future, contact our team at MRW Mechanical today at (781) 639-9222.

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