A 2018 study found that the Baton Rouge area is home to the worst air particle pollution in Louisiana. In fact, we’re ranked among the nation’s worst cities for air pollution. With all this attention paid to how bad the air is outside, it’s easy for many local homeowners to lose sight of how bad the air might be inside their home. The truth is that, in many cases, indoor air quality can be far more degraded than even polluted outdoor air. In this article, we’ll review why this is, and how an IAQ test from our team here at Buddy’s A-1 can be the start of freshening up the air you breathe.
What is an IAQ test?
An indoor air quality test is a professional, scientific assessment of the air quality inside your home. During an IAQ test, our technicians collect air samples from different rooms and spaces of your house. These samples are then sent to a lab to be evaluated. When the results return, the homeowner gets a detailed picture of what their home’s air quality is actually like. We also provide recommendations for how the air quality can be improved.
Is my home’s air really that bad?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is a serious and underestimated problem in American homes and workplaces. Indoor air is not only more likely to be polluted than outdoor air, but—given the amount of time you spend at home relative to the time spent outside—the degree of daily exposure is greater.
For most, poor indoor air quality may just be a discomforting nuisance. A high indoor pollen count, for example, may mean that an allergy sufferer has nowhere to escape during peak allergy season. However, for those with respiratory issues such as asthma, low-quality air inside the home can cause major breathing issues. Certain aspects of poor indoor air quality—such as the presence of invisible, odorless radon gas, which most IAQ tests evaluate—can have a negative health impact on everyone in the home.
What is likely in my home’s air?
Most homes have some degree of the following in their indoor air:
- Dirt particles
- Mold spores
- Pet Hair & Dander
- Airborne Viruses
As previously mentioned, homes here in Louisiana should also be tested for radon levels, although the average radon levels are generally lower along the Gulf Coast than in other parts of the United States. Other common contaminants may include volatile organic compounds (VOC) released by fuel vapors, solvents, or other oil-based products such as wood stain.
What can an IAQ test do?
By testing for and highlighting what contaminants are in your home’s air, the IAQ specialists at Buddy’s A-1 can help you put a plan together to address air quality issues and improve the overall quality of the air in your home. In sum, this will mean better air to breathe for you and your family. You’d be surprised at the degree to which freshening the air in your home can impact happiness and comfort in the home.
Some of our improvement recommendations may include things like:
- Installing air filters: Professional-grade air filters can capture and remove air contaminants from your breathable air. This will make your home smell nicer and immediately have a positive impact on your air quality.
- Installing a UV filter: Ultraviolet light kills most harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold spores on contact, making your indoor air safer to breathe. These filters are often installed near air vents.
- Addressing the problem at the source: In the event of mold or mildew presence, we advise homeowners find and deal with the issue at the source, which is probably mold growth in the home. Cleaning up the mold will have the best long-term impact on air quality.
Put your home on the path to better air quality
You and your family spend a majority of the day in your home. Your indoor air quality matters. Call us to talk to the IAQ professionals here at Buddy’s A-1 about how our team can help test and treat your home’s air, so that everyone under your roof can take a deep breath with zero reservations about what is coming into their lungs.