Poor indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your health. It can cause respiratory issues, interfere with sleep and trigger headaches. If you’re concerned about the quality of the air in your Socorro, Texas, home, have your air quality tested and take steps to improve it as needed.
Here are some ways you can test your indoor air quality yourself:
To test for carbon monoxide, install a carbon monoxide detector. Anyone who uses fuels, such as natural gas, propane or kerosene to run appliances in their home and/or has an attached garage, needs to install these affordable, potentially life-saving devices.
Radon is a radioactive gas and a leading cause of lung cancer. It can seep into your home through cracks in the flooring, walls and foundation. Luckily, testing for radon is easy. You can purchase an at-home testing kit at most home improvement stores.
Common Allergens and Pollutants
To continuously monitor your home for common indoor allergens, use an indoor air quality monitor. A monitor will alert you to unsafe levels of different pollutants so you can make changes in your home.
If you want to go step farther, hire a professional air quality inspector. An inspector will test your home for a variety of airborne contaminants, including VOCs, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles, coarse dust particles and more. Testing should be performed in your normal living environment, so don’t deep clean your house the day before the test. The test itself doesn’t take long. The inspector will send you a report a day or two later documenting the results.
Finally, if you discover that you have poor indoor air quality, invest in an indoor air purifier or a whole-home ventilation system. It’s also important to take simple steps, such as changing your HVAC system’s air filter regularly, to reduce the pollutants in your home in the first place.
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