- Posted by Mike
- On March 23, 2017
- CDC, Coughing, Eye Irritation, IAQ, Mold, Skin Irritation, Wheezing
Indoor air quality (IAQ) can mean the difference between living in a Valley dream home or a haunted house. This is because, with Phoenix already contending with poor outdoor air quality, your home may harbor mold spores; effecting your indoor air.
These mold spores can be extremely harmful and even fatal. Reliable air quality testing is needed to determine if, or to what extent, your Valley home has a mold issue.
The Health Effects of Mold
What does mold do? The Centers for Disease Control points out that while one person may suffer no effects from inhaling mold spores, another person in the same household may develop:
- Coughing or wheezing
- Eye irritation
- Nasal stuffiness
- Skin irritation
- Throat irritation
According to the CDC
The CDC says people with mold allergies may have more severe reactions, and anyone with compromised immune systems “may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold.”
Children and elderly family members may be far more sensitive to mold in your home than you are. Do not dismiss their complaints simply because you feel fine. If in doubt, get it checked out.
Why You Should Test For Mold
The value of an IAQ test for mold is not that black mold is discovered; it is the concentration and spread of the mold that is really important.
A tiny bit of black mold in the attic above a bathroom or hot tub room may not matter too much. Air generally does not circulate from your attic into your home.
However, if an IAQ test reveals high concentrations of black mold throughout your Phoenix home, you probably have major growth problems in your ductwork. The air your family breathes day and night circulates through those ducts.
Not for Amateurs
You can find and buy home test kits that you send off for results. However, most HVAC companies will inform you that these are essentially worthless. By hiring trained professionals with air quality testing certification, you can get truly trustworthy results. Technicians have more sophisticated testing equipment and can test across a wider range of IAQ pollutants. The report provided by trained experts will be far more reliable and actionable than a printout sent weeks after you mail out a send-away kit.
Testing for Indoor Air Pollutants in Phoenix
The cost of indoor air quality testing is very small when weighed against the health of your family or yourself. Ace Home Services is qualified to provide this important safeguard to you, so contact our offices today at (602) 943-2000. We can provide professional, trustworthy IAQ testing and give you a complete report on what is in your Phoenix home’s air. Then we can help you exterminate of all those harmful pollutants!