Air Quality Testing
Air quality and indoor health are a growing concern for Ohio homeowners. At Greene Solutions, we test to identify the levels of six common pollutants. We use the Air Advice testing module, which measures the home’s levels of:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
The Air Advice can be used to do a 30 minute spot check. If there are potentially dangerous conditions, the test can be administered for up to seven days where the air quality is measured every thirty minutes. The unit has a smart connection to share the testing results in real time.
What Are Some of the Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
While there can be other causes of any of the symptoms listed below (like viruses, existing allergies or respiratory problems like asthma), poor indoor air quality will definitely aggravate existing health problems. Some signs of poor indoor air quality include:
Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin
Shortness of breath
Hypersensitivity and allergies
Coughing and sneezing
Identify Indoor Air Pollution Problems With Air Quality Testing
Health problems due to indoor pollution arise because we spend so much of our time indoors. We can be affected by humidity levels that are too high or too low, and poor air circulation can lead to high levels of carbon dioxide and other gases. In addition, we are exposed to many off-gassing chemicals (like VOCs) that are in commonly used products such as paints, finishes and cleaning products.
Seal Tight, Ventilate Right!
The primary focus of a home energy retrofit is to seal cracks and holes to reduce air leakage. The way to a healthy home with a high standard for indoor air quality, health and comfort is to “seal tight and ventilate right.” With controlled ventilation, you can keep the indoor air quality high without being at the mercy of cold drafts that cost you money!
Ventilation levels can be met using bathroom fans and range hoods that vent to the exterior. Balanced ventilation systems, (heat recovery ventilators, or HRVs, or Enthalpy Recovery Ventilators, or ERVs) can be added to forced air systems and take advantage of the existing ductwork.