We all encounter many health risks throughout our day such as driving in automobiles and being exposed to environmental pollutants. We cannot avoid some of these risks because they are necessary to carry out our regular activities. One risk that we can address without much effort is indoor air pollution. Testing the air quality of a home is an important first step in the process of your day.
Step 1: Purchase a carbon monoxide detector. The device is plugged into an electrical outlet and emits an alarm if changes in carbon monoxide levels are detected. Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless, often referred to as a silent killer, so a detection device is very important to indoor air safety. Some devices also test for combustible gases like methane and propane so if any household appliances run on one of these gases, opt for one of these models.
Step 2: Conduct a radon test. Radon gas is often present in homes located near soil that has high uranium concentrations. There are do it yourself radon test kits available for purchase online or in stores. The testing device must be left undisturbed for a period of three days. It is then packaged and sent to a lab that analyzes the results and prepares a report.
Ste 3: Purchase test kits to measure the levels of mold, bacteria, potential allergens, dust mites, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These do it yourself testing kits do not require any training and they come with complete instructions. Like the radon test, the testing device is sent to a lab for analysis and report preparation.
Step 4: If any of the reports reflect issues with air quality within the home, address the problems as soon as possible. Issues with bacteria, radon, or mold may require contacting a mitigation company. If dust mites are present in large quantities, dust mite proof curtains and bedding should be purchased and a special filter should be used on the vacuum cleaner. The items viewed as potential allergens should be removed from the home, if possible. The presence of formaldehyde, VOCs, carbon monoxide, or combustible gases should be addressed by a professional.