by Karen Bates
(last updated August 25, 2014)
There are multiple things that you might worry about being dangerous in your home. Electrical sockets, sharp corners, and stairs are just a few possibilities. But what about the potentially dangerous things that you can't even see? The air you are breathing every day at home or at the office may not be as clean as you think. In fact, it may even be harmful to your health.
Air quality is a troubling topic that many of us don't really think about too much. You might go about cleaning the inside of your home without giving a second thought to how clean your air is. But poor air quality is a cause of asthma attacks, allergies, and illness, and this air issue can have various sources that you might not know are causing problems in your home.
You might begin to suspect an air quality problem if you or others in your household begin suffering from allergies or asthma, or experience unexplained headaches or other health issues. These symptoms could very well be a result of poor air quality. But if you aren't sure this is the case, you can do an air quality test to be certain what you are dealing with.
There are different ways to go about testing air quality, and some are more involved than others. One idea is to get an air sensor that you can set up in your home to monitor the air. Using this device allows you to know how good or bad the air is, helping you to decide what further actions to take.
Another possibility is to hire a professional to inspect your home and analyze your air quality. This is the most effective way of testing the quality of your air, although any air quality test can become expensive. Once you have figured out what the problem is, you will need to find the source and either reduce or eliminate it to help you get cleaner air. You may also want to replace air filters, clean out air ducts, remove any mold in your house, provide better ventilation indoors, avoid smoke, use fewer harsh chemicals, dust surfaces often, and start using an air purifier to help your air quality improve.
Many homes have poor air quality yet, there are ways to help reduce the problem and breathe cleaner air. You can start by contacting an air quality specialist or researching various air sensor options.
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