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Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality
The EPA has reported that toxic chemicals found in the home are, on average, three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor airborne pollutants. The Consumer Product Safety Commission connects 150 chemicals commonly found in our homes to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological disorders. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products and 884 were found to be toxic.

Healthy Home Environmental Services implements a multi-strategic approach when it comes to managing the air you breathe indoors. Keeping your family healthy is the most important thing you can do and we are here to help.

  • Assess the environment
  • Define the problems
  • Develop solutions

Indoor air quality is a continuous improvement process.

We offer solutions that incorporate a holistic approach best for managing the environment on an ongoing basis.

A Total Indoor Air Quality Survey is for people who have concerns about their overall indoor air quality throughout their entire home. This includes an inspection of your home and the following sampling: 2 swab samples, 5 air samples and 1 VOC (volatile organic compound) sampling. 

Top 10 IAQ Solutions

  • Air Purification—Actively effective in managing indoor air contaminants including odors, toxins, smoke, particulates, fragrances, mold and pollen spores, and VOCs released from cleaning supplies, paints, insecticides and adhesives.
  • Air Filtration—Passively effective in managing particulate from dust, skin fragments, dust mites, insect parts, rodent feces and pollen.
  • Dehumidification—Manages moisture buildup in homes but especially effective in basements and crawlspace areas.
  • Reduce Carpeting—Carpeting is a virtual breeding ground for dust, spores, dust mites, molds, odors, and pollen. Where carpeting is installed we recommend a tight knit, low pile carpet on a waterproof padding.
  • Hypo-Allergenic Bedding—Pillows, sheets, mattresses, and bedding areas should all be hypo-allergenic and all bedding should be laundered once a week. Dust mites love bedding.
  • Cleaning Maintenance Schedule—Regularly cleaning upholstery, bedding, carpeting, behind refrigerators and stoves, under beds, behind furniture, on top of cabinets, etc. and on a scheduled basis is a must to improve indoor air quality.
  • Green Cleaning Supplies—Start using them now! Check the labels before you buy.  If you don’t use green cleaning supplies, then make sure you store the cleaning supplies outside of your indoor air space or in sealed bins.

Preparing For Your Indoor Air Quality Testing
In order for lab results and environmental readings to be accurate there are certain requirements, please be sure to follow these steps precisely to obtain the most accurate results:

  • Avoid Exterior ventilation for 24 hours – Since lab results and environmental readings are compared with outdoor fungal and environmental levels it is best to keep ventilation at a minimum by avoiding open windows or doors, as well as keeping attic doors closed for 3 days before the inspection. Air handler unit should be running.

  • Avoid heavy cleaning for 24 hours – Heavy cleaning such as vacuuming, dusting or sweeping generates a lot of dust, making readings inaccurate.

  • Avoid spraying chemicals for 3 days – Antimicrobial or antibacterial agents can affect the accuracy of our readings and therefore items such as Lysol, Bleach, Fe-breeze, or any other type of air freshener should not be used for 3 days before the inspection.

  • Turn off air purifiers, air cleaners, humidifiers or dehumidifiers for 24 hours -  Equipment that controls humidity or claims to removes pollution should not be used for at least 3 days before the inspection as it could affect our readings.

  • No construction for 3 days – Construction work of any kind should be avoided for 3 days prior to the inspection as it generates lots of dust and particles thus affecting our readings.

Additional Instructions for VOC Testing

In addition to the above instructions:

  • Leave all interior doors (including closets) open to allow the air to flow freely 24 hours prior to inspection.

  • Refrain from frying or cooking with oils the day before and during the test to prevent artificially high VOC results.

For homes with greater than 2,000 square feet or with several levels, you may want to consider performing more than one test in order to collect air samples representative of the entire building.