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How to Test the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home, Part One

Protecting our own respiratory health, and those of our loved ones, is a task many of us don’t often think about, or simply take for granted (for those of us who don’t suffer from asthma or allergies). But the reality is that all of us are susceptible to airborne contagion in our most vulnerable spaces: our homes.

Get ahead of the risks of bad indoor air quality and see how your home measures up. In Part One of this series, we’ll discuss the first two things you should be monitoring in your home.

One: Let Your Allergies Be Your Guide

If you or anyone in your household experiences seasonal or more frequent allergies, pay attention to when they flare up and when they go away. As seasonal allergies generally flare up out of doors, one clear sign of poor indoor air quality is if the following symptoms worsen when you enter your home as opposing to leave it:

  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • watering eyes
  • headaches
  • nose bleeds
  • congestion

Two: Assess Your General Health

How’s your health generally? How often do you and the other occupants of your home get sick? Common contaminants found in the home that cause severe, long-term health problems that can often be mistaken for illnesses unrelated to residential indoor air quality are asbestos and toxic mold spores. The symptoms are:

  • dizzy spells
  • nausea
  • rashes
  • fevers and chills
  • fatigue
  • vomiting
  • muscle pain
  • shortness of breath

What Do the Experts Say?

If you or anyone in your home is experiencing any of the above symptoms, in addition to consulting a doctor, don’t hesitate to talk to an HVAC professional to confirm or rule out poor indoor air quality as the culprit.

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